Saturday 18 March 2023

How Do Chores Support My Child's Overall Development

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AD: Chores are a part of day-to-day life for most of us and it can be a hot topic for parents when it comes to getting the kids involved and what chores they should be given if any. Many believe that chores are hugely important for a child’s development for a number of reasons, some of which we are going to look at below, but these include giving kids confidence, the ability to pick up different tasks, and also the chance to develop a child’s skills in solving problems.

Here are some other ways that chores support a child’s overall development. 

Helps children to learn through play 

Playtime is incredibly important for a child’s young development. Make your child feel like they can have fun learning through many of the subjects they take on during their school life. The best schools in Kensington might feel like they offer a more structured and intense curriculum, but they actually benefit greatly from using adequate amounts of play time and activities within their learning schedule. This can be said for chores as well; something that should feel fun and engaging will help a child in their development of skills and to accept that they have to take on chores very often. 

This is also a good time to show that "chores" don't have to be boring or horrible, they can be fun and a normal part of day-to-day life too. Make up fun songs or actions when doing chores, have a laugh, and take turns with different roles.

Helps your child appreciate rewards 

A lot of schools also use this tactic to build up a little bit of healthy competition, by encouraging children to tidy up after themselves, something they will be expected to do during the school day. Start by recognising when your child is doing well in something by giving them a gold star or individual treat or simply by verbally praising them and letting them know how helpful they have been. You can then give your child more responsibilities that aid their individual learning, like letting them tackle a certain room to be cleaned or giving them a certain age-related job they can take responsibility for each day.

Remember that this reward system isn’t just to remind your child they have outperformed, rather, it is to show them that they are doing their best and are coping well under pressure. Also that they are part of the family team and how working together to get chores done makes things easier for everyone.

Helps your child with their independence 

Being independent is a very useful skill that will help your child become more accepting of their individual responsibilities and how they can pick up things without needing to be asked. Chores are essential to a child’s development because parents will have to rely on their kids very often, especially when they grow older. It’s also showing that you trust your child to handle themselves and as they get older they will actually enjoy the responsibility and trust that can be built up over time.


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