One of the best ways to instill good behavior in your child is also one of the most challenging things to get your child to do: chores.
In a culture where bad behavior in kids seems to be growing rapidly, employing your child to contribute to the family, home, or your community, can greatly curb your child’s bad behavior or potential for bad behavior.
Katherine Reynolds Lewis, author of The Good News About Bad Behavior, says that when kids aren’t asked to contribute to their family, neighborhood or community, “that really erodes their sense of self-worth — just as it would with an adult being unemployed.”
In addition to this, chores and work help teach your child self-control and self-discipline—both of these are important characteristics to have as an adult.
Chores and work help teach your child self-control and self-discipline—both of these are important characteristics to have as an adult.
As valuable as chores are for your children, most likely, if you’ve been a parent to a young child, adolescent or even young adult, you know that getting your child to do chores can feel impossible. They argue with you, they throw temper tantrums, or they just plain ignore you when you tell them to clean their room or do the dishes. The battle it requires to get your kids to do chores often takes longer than doing the chores themselves.
I recently talked about this with my friend Rachel Cruz on her show The Rachel Cruz Show.
In our conversation, I discussed a few ways to ensure your child does his chores and learns the value of hard work and obedience.