Adults accept that doing household chores are a part of life, but did you know that children can learn valuable lessons from doing them, too?

Chores teach children to work as a team. When you get the job done faster as a group then there’s more time for family fun. They may not realize it, but when your kids contribute by unloading the dishwasher or gathering the recycling, they feel like a valuable part of the family.

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Assign chores that you know your kids can manage. For example, matching up dad’s work socks becomes a color-sorting game for elementary-age kids. The benefits reach school, too.

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Teachers recognize and respect students for pitching in to accomplish projects in their classroom. Chores also help your kids develop a strong work ethic that will serve them well as young adults when they’re securing their first job.

They may grumble now but in the long run participating in routine chores will help mold your children into mature and functioning adults.

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