There are many reasons why children are much happier when they have household chores. Chores teach responsibility and independence. Every kid needs a chance to work on life skills in order to grow as an individual. Kids who start doing their own chores at an early age will likely need less handholding than those who aren’t introduced to these skills until later.
Create a chore chart with pictures and age appropriate tasks. When creating a chore chart, use simple photos and place your kid’s name on it. Keep the chart simple by only using the tasks they are responsible for each day (such as sweeping or putting their dishes in the dishwasher).
Be consistent. One important thing to keep in mind when teaching children how to do chores is that they need a system. Having a routine to follow around when chores need to be completed and how they should be done will help children feel more confident in completing the tasks on their own.
Set Expectations. Make sure your child knows exactly what is expected from him or her by giving specific directions (i.e., “I would like you to put the toys near your bed into your toy box.”). In order for kids to do well on household chores, they need direction from us as parents (or whoever helps them).
Do chores with your child. Introducing your child to a new chore can be overwhelming, but trying it out alongside them may help the task not seem as daunting. When you show them how to do the chore with them first, this shows that they’re also capable.