In an era where the attention of children is being held tighter and tighter by the grip of technology and entertainment, and the subsequent apathy that follows, it seems that the notion of getting one’s kids to do simple household chores is quickly becoming a relic of the past. While the task of supervising them may seem like more trouble than it’s worth to some parents, a child’s participation in such activities not only allows them to develop skills that they will eventually need as functional adults, but it also gives them a sense of purpose and structure within a household that they desperately need.
The skills developed through participating in household chores are essential for
their eventual adult lives. When those skills are not being developed at a young age, it becomes more and more difficult to start getting them to participate later on, either while living with their parents or while living on their own. The result is a generation of adults who, for the most part, have no idea how to take care of themselves when it comes to maintaining a clean and functional home.
On the other hand, teaching a child something as simple as how to properly wash dishes, do laundry, or clean a bathroom can result in an adult who can properly function without incurring the added expense of getting someone else to do it or the potential health risks associated with simply not doing it. Furthermore, such activities, especially those that benefit more people than just themselves, not only allow them to see what it means to work as a family but as a team of any kind: a skill they will need in their professional lives as well.
The immediate benefit of happiness can be seen in the face of any young child who is praised for a job well done. By and large, most young children are eager to please their parents in exchange for a parent’s gratification. Although they may not always be able to receive such praise, especially as a task completed correctly will eventually just be expected, a general happiness can be anticipated through the simply having structure in an otherwise chaotic world. As their lives drift further into the realm of adulthood, at least they can know that their parents cared enough to take the time to teach them how to properly clean a dish.