As a father, we all dream of seeing our kids successful someday. We are anxious to send them to the best schools where they have a chance of getting a strong foundation. It is because we all know how hard life can be and how strong the competition can get. Not everyone will be on top, and as much as possible, we want our kids to be one of those who will be.
Our minds are busy thinking about hundreds of ways to make them ready for adulthood. We think of one thing, “I want my kid to have a better life, to not experience the hardships I went through.” Aside from working hard to pave the road of success, there is one way fathers can do at home to mold their kids for success, and that is to teach them the importance of learning and loving chores.
The Importance Of Teaching Kids Chores:
The kids nowadays are fond of playing arcade or video games. They are familiar with the concept of going through the first level and so on, and it is imperative that they pass each one. They understand that it gets harder and harder as you progress, and this concept is similar to learning and loving chores.
Authoritative parents provide children with emotional support but also clear, reasonable, and consistent boundaries and expectations. As a result, children are more likely to be able to form secure attachments, develop into psychologically healthy adults, and develop positive relationships with their parents and others. — Johannes Kieding, LCSW
If the kids are familiar with this concept, it is much easier to make them understand why they need to do something and give it their best shot. For instance, kids should learn to wash the dishes, and along with learning it, they should know how to do it properly and why they need to do it. If they don’t, doing the chores could be troublesome for them.
Once you have instilled the concept of arcade or video games to the kids, it is also essential that you apply it accordingly by giving them the easiest chore first until they have perfected it and are ready to move on to the next.
If you are preoccupied with your children’s behaviors for fear of what they might lead to 10 or 15 years down the line, you may not be able to be present with them to teach them how to behave. — Levana Slabodnick, LISW-S
Chores You can Teach The Kids:
- Making their bed in the morning
- Putting away toys
- Emptying the trash bin
- Organizing the bookshelf
- Organizing the shoe shelf
- Walking the dogs
- Bathing pets
- Watering the plants
- Sweeping and mopping the floor
- Dusting Furniture
- Setting the table
- Wiping off the table
- Washing the dishes
- Washing the car
- Sorting clothes for laundry
- Washing the laundry
- Folding the laundry
- Simple ironing
- Cleaning the bathroom
- Cooking breakfast or other meals
- Mowing the lawn
…the healthy brain uses left and right brain hemispheres to understand, make meaning, and organize experiences. The integration process takes a lifetime to perfect. But we can help our children begin this process early in life. — Amy Quinn, MA, MS, LMFT
It is imperative that, as fathers, we allow our kids to grow up to be responsible as we all know how it could be in the adult world. Some people disregard the value of doing these things and even education. They say it doesn’t mean that when you are not good at doing chores, you would not be successful anymore. Yes, indeed. However, learning these things is not entirely to learn “how” but “why” – to understand that life starts easy, and if we are lucky enough, we’ll have fathers to teach us that success all starts with us making our own bed in the morning.