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Chores And Children

May 16, 2008
Most of us had to do chores when we were growing up. In today's society, however, parents are drifted away from this practice. Chores are imperative as a source to teach your child responsibility, time management, and organization. These are all skills that your child will need as he grows into adulthood. There are several chores that will not only help to teach your child the skills that have already been mentioned, they are also housekeeping skills that every adult needs to know.

The first chore that many of us learned as small children was to make our bed. This simple activity teaches a child to be neat and also can help with time management development. Having your child make his bed before he goes to school will teach him that he only has a set amount of time to get the job done. After a few weeks, he will have no difficulty in having his bed made in time to leave for school.

Another chore that is beneficial to your child is cleaning his room. By teaching your child that there is a place for everything and everything has its place, you are also teaching him to keep his room organized. As your child grows, you can ask his opinion as to where he wants things to be placed in his room. You may be surprised at the amount of organization skills that he has developed.

When your child becomes age appropriate, you should begin teaching them their way around the kitchen. In today's society, it is surprising that a number of young adults cannot cook for themselves. Younger children love to mix things, be it cake mix or dirt and water. Asking them to help gives them the feeling that they are helping and measuring or counting different ingredients is helpful in building their math skills. An older child can be taught to cook simple dishes. Having your child start with scrambled eggs or some other easy foods will at least ensure that after he grows up, he will not be coming to your house every night for dinner.

Laundry is another important skill that your child will need to know when he is an adult. Teaching your child how to sort colors, the proper water temperature that he should use, and when to add the fabric softener will also teach him to pay attention to detail. It can also help him with his organizational skills as he folds the clothing and systematically puts it away. Again, this may also prevent your college-age children from bringing two bags of laundry home for you to do every weekend.

These are a just a few of the many chores that you can assign to your child. You should keep in mind that your younger children may not do a very good job to begin with. Do not be critical of the job that they have done. The important thing is that they have completed the task. In a short amount of time, you may be surprised at how well your children perform these chores.

As the children improve, they will learn the importance of doing a task and doing it well. These chores will also prove to be helpful in their adult lives. As it is with everything else in life, practice makes perfect.
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