September 11, 2021

How do Chores Support my child’s overall development?

Chores are a vital part of teaching children how to be responsible, independent and thoughtful.


Nobody particularly likes doing the washing up or putting out the bins – but if we didn’t do it then we’d soon be in a terrible mess!


This is one way in which you can explain to your child why chores are important.

Small children will usually accept any little tasks you give them as they have not yet learned to dread the mundane.


Everything is new to a toddler and everything represents a learning opportunity. So putting toys back in the box at the end of the day is just another fun activity to a little child.


Once children hit their teens it’s often a different story though! This is why it’s vital that children are given the chance to participate in the running of the household.

Schools play a big part in helping children to develop responsibility. This independent boys’ school in London ensures all children learn about working as part of a team and what that means.


Why is it good for children to help with chores?


From hand-eye coordination to problem-solving skills, the most basic of chores offer a multitude of learning opportunities. A little child trying to work out how to effectively sweep the kitchen is using multiple thought processes. They’re trying to understand the logistics of moving the dust effectively whilst managing a large tool and trying to understand the importance of cleanliness.


Not only are chores good for physical and mental development but they also help children learn about social responsibility. If we make a mess then we must clear it up – equally, it’s sometimes nice to clear up after other people as long as they return the favour!


As your child prepares to attend nursery or reception, it’s a really good idea to ensure they understand about tidying up after themselves. This is a part of the daily routine for all children in school and if your child already has a handle on the skills needed, then they’ll already be a leap ahead.

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