If your household is like most, there are many day-to-day duties that must be completed. While tasks like laundry and doing dishes may seem tedious for children, research conducted by the University of Minnesota's College of Education and Human Development shows that "involving children in household tasks at an early age can have a positive impact later in life."
Without a doubt, chores foster a good attitude about working hard and being responsible and have many other important benefits. Here are several suggestions to help your child build valuable skills while contributing around the house.
- Picking up clutter - Make time each day for your child to pick up his or her bedroom or around the house. Try setting a timer and challenging your child to see how much he or she can accomplish in five or 10 minutes. Learning to understand how long different tasks take will help your child become better at budgeting his or her time—for homework as well as timed tests and assignments at school.
Age-appropriate chores teach responsibility, work ethic, organization and time management—and they even help children build self-esteem as they gain the satisfaction of seeing tasks through to completion. Chores can also reinforce school skills such as math, reading, critical thinking and more. With all of these benefits, assigning chores takes on new meaning. Not only will you gain extra hands around the house, your child will be learning and growing as a person and student.
This blog is an excerpt from Huntington Learning Centers national affiliates, to contact Huntington Learning Centers in Mentor call 1-800-CAN-LEARN or visit http://mentor.huntingtonhelps.com/.