- Builds confidence- Almost every week someone tells me “I can’t do it, can you help me?” Last week it was my 6-year-old with the garbage today it was my 11-year-old with the dishes. We always try to help them problem solve, but don’t swoop in and handle it. They usually use innovative thinking and they’re so proud of themselves when it’s accomplished.
- Teaches kids responsibility and self-reliance- If you miss out on a fun activity or screen time because your chore isn’t done, that no one’s fault but their own. They are learning how to rely on themselves and manage their time.
- Teach life-skills- Have you ever had a roommate who can’t take care of themselves. They’re messy, they can’t cook or clean? It isn’t fun. They need basic life skills to take care of themselves when they leave my house.
- Helps build a strong work ethic- My 6-year-old takes out the garbage and recycling alone, my 9 year old deep cleans the bathroom. They are learning to work hard and do hard things.
- Teaches problem-solving- The other day my son was crying about how he couldn’t take out the garbage. I gently assured him he could handle it. So he did. He took out the garbage bag, tied it up, and placed it in our recycling bin, so he could carry it out at one time. It made him so proud to tell me how he decided to handle it. He solved his own problem.
Our chores will differ from yours, but the basics can remain the same. I have included the links to some printable chore charts. You can print them out and laminate them, or use a page protector and just erase it weekly.