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The Importance and Benefits of Chores for Early Childhood Development

Baby Blessings Preschool - happy children

The Importance and Benefits of Chores for Early Childhood Development

By the age of three, children can be assigned their own tasks, for which they are responsible, such as pulling up the sheets on their bed or placing the serviettes on the table or sorting the laundry. This is very important for early childhood development.

Young children naturally want to be a part of the family and want to help. For those parents who may not have begun a chore regimen with your child / children, now is a great time! Think about what tasks you need help with, what life skills your children need to learn, and what are each child’s interests and abilities are. “The size of the task does not matter, the responsibility associated with it does”.

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.

Children should work for early childhood development

One of the significant ways in which the household dynamic changed in recent decades was a steep decline in the expectation that children would contribute to the household in age appropriate ways. Some parents felt that the time spent on such menial tasks was not as worthwhile as working on homework. In other situations, children were so over-scheduled with activities crammed into every waking moment that there just wasn’t room for chores. What these parents often overlooked unfortunately was that chores can be just as important to the future success of any child.

  • Chores can be “easy wins” for child development, they usually don’t take much time, but they can steadily build a strong work ethic, confidence and even a sense of pride for being able to give back to their family.
  • Doing chores gives a child the opportunity to give back to their parents for all you do for them. Children begin to see themselves as important contributors to the family.
  • They are also essential to developing the basic life skills

Below you will find a chore chart that you can hang on your fridge or even each child’s door that lists the types of chores for early childhood development that are appropriate at different ages.

By forgoing chores, we’ve arrived at a point where we often underestimate what our children are capable of and when.

Child chores by age for early childhood development

“Children are not helpless, they are helpers.”

They will thank you for it some day!

“The message I want my children to know by doing their chore list is ‘You are Important. I value your help. Your work is good work.’”
– Leah Martin