As parents, we’re bestowed the honor of forming the young minds and habits of the next generation. An honorable, yet difficult task. We have our work cut out for us.
Our homes are training centers for our tiny tots, essentially a protected microcosm of what they will encounter as they move away and begin to support themselves. No parent intentionally wants to set their child up for failure, yet many of us are lackadaisical when it comes to instituting discipline in our own homes. In an effort to shape disciplined, prosperous and productive future members of society we need to lay the appropriate framework for our kids. We believe this begins with chores.
But the whining, the resistance! At times, pushing through the tantrums seems more exhausting than simply completing the chores yourself. While this may be true, we’re doing our children a disservice. Allowing them to forgo their family responsibilities now signals similar behavior will be acceptable in the future. Discipline must be implemented from the beginning.
Chores build character and develop disciplined little people. Chores give children a sense of contribution and connection to the family, as well as the opportunity to be like mom or dad. They are the foundation for building sound life skills. Not quite convinced? Numerous studies support these claims.
“Research indicates that those children who do have a set of chores have higher self-esteem, are more responsible, and are better able to deal with frustration and delay gratification, all of which contribute to greater success in school” and in life.
Furthermore, Marty Rossman’s studies demonstrate children who begin participating in household chores as toddlers are more likely to be successful in their mid-20s.
Frankly, we want to raise responsible little humans who have high self esteem, are well prepared to handle frustration and understand the importance of delayed gratification. If that means we must push through some moaning and lamentation from the kids, so be it. We want them to learn these lessons early.
To help you get started, here is a guide to help determine age appropriate chores for your kids.
Ca$hing in on change,
The Common Cents Crew
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