The Best Age to Start Giving Your Kids Chores, According to Science

chores photoHousehold chores might instill a sense of mastery, self-reliance, responsibility, empathy and respect for others. Beginning  chores at ages 3 and 4 are more likely to have good relationships, achieve academic success and be self-sufficient than those who started as teens or had none at all.

Here are a few things to keep in mind:

  • It’s not what you say, it’s how you say it: Thanking your kids for “being a helper” creates positive identity. Saying “Let’s do our chores” underscores cooperation. Complaining about your chores guarantees they will, too.
  • Prioritize chore time: It should be seen as equal in importance to any other work, academic or non-academic.
  • Turn chores into a game: “Did you know the world record for bringing the trash and recycling to the curb is 48.7 seconds? Think you can beat that?”
  • Focus on the family: Whatever you have them doing, it should benefit everyone in the family and not just them.
  • Leave money out of it: Financially incentivizing kids for being a helpful member of the family sends the wrong message.

Source:  Yahoo Parenting