Sure, we bet there are some kids out in the world who happily grab a sponge to wash the dishes after dinner without a reminder of any kind. (If you have one of those unicorns, feel free to skip to the next article!) The rest of us, however, are probably more familiar with the common species of youth who moan and groan through each and every task. Despite their (vastly) exaggerated pain, doing routine chores and housework teaches kids important life skills, including independence and collaboration.
That’s because they learn how to do various tasks on their own—while also contributing to the greater good of the family. After all, when everybody helps, everybody wins. Now, it may be years before they cop to any of this. Totally fine. That’s their prerogative. In the meantime, you can keep (gently) reminding them of all the benefits that come along with helping to create a clean, organized, and cozy home:
We feel calmer. Living in a constantly messy house can be stressful and makes it difficult to concentrate.
We feel proud. We worked together as a family to create a comfortable living space.
We have easier mornings. No one needs to run up, down, and all around to find their sneakers or homework or backpacks because everything is in its place.
We learn how to do important jobs like loading the dishwasher, scooping the litter, and even cleaning the toilet. (Download our kid-safe cleaning-solution recipe cards!)
We can have fun while we’re doing what needs to get done. Blast some music and turn it into a dance party (brooms make excellent microphones!).
We have more time to do what we want. When everyone pitches in, the jobs get done fast. Truth!
We’re big fans of using a responsibility wheel to divide up the housework. Download our printable version and try it with your kids.