How Do Chores Support My Child’s Overall Development?*


*This is a collaborative post* 


Asking our kids to complete their household chores can be a chore in itself, but it’s actually more important than you might think. It gives them a sense of responsibility and purpose, while also teaching them a variety of skills that they can carry into adulthood. I have teamed up with a senior school in Cardiff to explore some of the benefits of household chores and how they help our children develop.

  • Motor Skills: Pegging clothes on a washing line, manipulating a watering can, raking the leaves, helping with the cooking and a range of other household tasks are great for helping children with their fine and gross motor skills. 

  • Relationship Skills: Contributing to keeping a family home running encourages teamwork, communication, and sometimes even negotiation. Shared responsibility can actually equate to quality bonding time within your family.

  • Accountability: If your child has to tidy up their own mess, they may think twice about making as much mess next time. They will essentially start to understand the consequences of their actions and will also start to appreciate how much you, as their parent, does for them on a daily basis, promoting a sense of gratitude. 

  • Confidence: As children learn that they are capable of completing certain tasks successfully and independently, they become increasingly more confident. While they may not be the best at maths or the star football player, so a self-esteem boost at home is always helpful. 

  • Problem Solving Skills: Setting the table, organising toys and sorting through clean laundry all require a certain level of problem solving. Eventually, they will learn the most efficient ways to carry out their tasks. 

Essentially, when children help out with household chores, they are paving the way to become successful adults. Just remember to praise them when they complete their tasks and perhaps incorporate a rewards system, such as pocket money, to help motivate them. As a result, they will learn that hard work leads to positive outcomes. 


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