Chores are a part of every household. When kids are around age 10, they get small jobs like taking out the trash or sweeping the floors. As they get older they get bigger jobs. Laundry, dishes, washing the car, etc.

Chores are normal, even helpful, right?

Apparently not.

In the new generation of kids, it seems parents are less willing to assign chores. Parents cite the fact that chores are the equivalent of child labor, as the work is demanding and the children get no pay. Other than that, some parents believe children deserve to have a childhood where they get to play and have fun and that chores force them to grow up faster than necessary.

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I am of the opinion that chores are very beneficial to kids. I’ve had to do chores for as long as I can remember, and so have my siblings and friends.

Chores taught me responsibility, time management, and new skills. I learned to work my chores into my busy school schedule. I learned that if I don’t do the job I was assigned, nobody will do it for me, therefore creating a larger mess for me to deal with at a later time. I was taught to cook at a very young age from helping my mother in the kitchen.

These are all things that I need to know to be independent and to be able to take care of myself. If I hadn’t had chores, it might have been difficult for me to learn those lessons in other ways.

Chores are an essential element in teaching children values that are required for independent living. They’re also helpful to the household, taking the pressure off of parents and teaching kids about shared responsibility.

Really, it seems almost absurd that parents wouldn’t give their kids chores. To me, it seems like a natural rite of passage, one that is loosing momentum in the modern world.

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