Chores Build Confidence

Chores are not drudgery.  Chores build confidence.

I’m not kidding.  Real confidence comes from deep inside, from a sense that one has achieved before and can achieve again.  Real self-esteem comes from knowing that other people depend on you, that you matter.

Of course, to reap these benefits in your family chore routine, you really have to know what you’re doing.  First of all, frame chores as something everyone in the family does to contribute to the success of the family.  The family is a unit, and the unit cannot succeed unless everyone succeeds.  To make this happen, everyone needs to pull his or her own weight.  (Can you tell I’m a military brat?)

Your child should have a very basic chore of keeping his or her own room neat.  Beyond that, your child should be doing something to contribute to the family.  This can happen at a very young age.  My school’s reading specialist gave her toddler one chore: he opens the blinds every day.  Without him, the family would be in darkness.  He is important!

Chores build community.  This why I assign chores on the first day of school.  I talk to my class about the importance of chores, and how they make things nicer for everybody.  Then, we look at the list of chores that needed to happen and students volunteer for jobs.  Everyone has to have one job, and most kids clamor for more.  The really exciting part is when kids notice a need and invent a job.

I think that having chores from the get-go makes a difference in my classes.  We love chore time, and we all appreciate the little things each of us does to make our classroom great.

I hope that your family finds the same benefits.

Posted in Classroom Management,Classroom setup,Tips for Parents by Corey Green @ Oct 7, 2010

 

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