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Are chores good for kids?

Sind Hausarbeiten gut für Kinder?

Anna Schmidt |

The Transformative Power of Household Chores for Children: Building Skills for a Lifetime

Hello, wonderful parents and caregivers of future leaders! Welcome back to our Wisewoodz Blog, where we explore topics that enrich not only your child's life but the entire household. Today, we dive into the world of household chores for children, an often under-explored area that holds transformative potential for kids' development and family harmony.

The Ancient Wisdom of Shared Responsibility

Long before modern psychology and educational theory, communal responsibilities were a cornerstone of familial and societal life. From indigenous cultures to pioneering families, chores were not just tasks; they were rites of passage, instilling values and skills necessary for survival and community living.

"The family is one of nature's masterpieces." - George Santayana

Why Chores?

Empirical Evidence

In a 75-year longitudinal study conducted by Harvard University, researchers concluded that one of the best predictors for professional success in life comes from having done chores as a child. The act of doing chores cultivates a sense of responsibility, self-reliance, and the understanding that hard work is an essential component for the welfare of the group.

Skill-building and Self-esteem

Chores are not just about keeping the house clean; they're about preparing children for life. Completing a task successfully helps kids feel competent. According to Erik Erikson's theory of psychosocial development, mastering age-appropriate tasks is crucial for developing self-esteem.

"To prepare our young people for the unique demands of a 21st-century world, we need to foster a diversity of skills sets and talents." - Sir Ken Robinson

Chore-Related Lessons

  1. Time Management: Balancing homework and chores teach them how to manage their time effectively.
  2. Organization: Sorting laundry or arranging books helps improve organizational skills.
  3. Teamwork: Family chores often require cooperation, teaching kids the importance of teamwork.

The Right Chores for The Right Age

Toddlers (2-3 Years)

  • Picking up toys
  • Feeding pets

Pre-Schoolers (4-5 Years)

  • Setting the table
  • Watering plants

School-Aged Kids (6-12 Years)

  • Doing laundry
  • Cooking simple meals

Balancing Act: Rewards vs. Responsibilities

While some families reward chores with allowances, experts like Alfie Kohn argue that external rewards can undermine intrinsic motivation. The act itself should instill a sense of accomplishment.

A Healthy Household Ecosystem

When everyone contributes, it creates a balanced family ecosystem. According to a survey by Braun Research, children involved in household tasks are 15% more likely to have better relationships with siblings.

The Wisewoodz Recommendation

Combine chores with fun and educational activities. Our range of eco-friendly, sustainably crafted wooden toys can serve as fantastic learning aids that complement household tasks.

In Conclusion

"Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world; indeed, it's the only thing that ever has." - Margaret Mead

Household chores are not just a "to-do" list for your family; they're a "to-be" list for your child's future. Not only do they prepare children for life, but they also foster skills and values that contribute to their social and emotional well-being. So, the next time you think of chores, remember, you're not just cleaning your house; you're building your child's future.


  • Weissbourd, Richard, and Stephanie Jones. "The Children We Mean to Raise: The Real Messages Adults Are Sending About Values." Making Caring Common Project, Harvard Graduate School of Education, 2014.
  • Erikson, Erik H. "Childhood and Society." W. W. Norton & Company, 1950.
  • Kohn, Alfie. "Punished by Rewards: The Trouble with Gold Stars, Incentive Plans, A’s, Praise, and Other Bribes." Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 1993.

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