5 Character Traits Your Children Will Learn from Doing Chores

When I was a little girl, my mom used to make my brother and I do chores around the house. Before she’d leave for work, she would tell us “by the time I come back, make sure the bathroom is clean.” And so it was each day she left for work, she’d leave a new chore for us to complete.

Little did I know all those days of chores paid off in more ways than just keeping the house clean! The consistency and dedication to do a good job for our mom actually gave us a series of strong character traits that my brother and I still have to this day and have passed on to our own children.

Looking back, I can see my mom leveraged her need for us to help around the house and turned it into an opportunity to sow practical life skills we’ve used since then.

Doing chores gets your children used to the habit of paying attention to the details of their life.

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If you’ve ever been hesitant to let your children help you with the chores, you may want to reconsider. Not only will you be getting the help you need around the house, but you’ll also be equipping them with life skills and character that will help them have the best chance of success in life.

Not sure how chores will help your children?

Here are 5 character traits your children will learn from doing chores:

1) Attention to Detail- Life requires attention to details in parenting, marriage, overall relationships and business. Doing chores will get your children used to the habit of paying attention to the details in those areas of their life. By training them to properly dust the furniture- and not miss the details- you are teaching them to work with excellence by looking for those things most people would not notice. Think of how much better husbands your sons will be because they pay attention to details. And imagine how much better they will be in their careers, because you used chores to teach them to have keen sight for details. Therefore, don’t miss the chance and give them a duster!

2) Perseverance- Living a successful life requires perseverance to get through the tough times. Marriage, parenting, homeschooling or starting a business may present challenges that makes one want to quit, but it’s perseverance and the duty to get to the “finish line,” that will allow us to endure the process with joy and humility. If you’ve ever cleaned a closet or attempted to wash huge piles of laundry, surely you’ve realized it takes perseverance to finish. So, can you see there is no better way to train your children for real life than to give them a huge pile of laundry?!

3) Diligence- “The man who does not work shall not eat,” says an old proverb. It might sound a bit extreme, but it’s not far from the real world and the fact that diligence is a required character trait to become a good provider and a good manager of your home. Diligence is the trait that makes sure projects get done in this world. Everything in life requires work and it is only those with great diligence that do the work to make it happen. Everyday chores require diligence, because they make children (and adults) resist the desire to sit around and do nothing. The diligence “muscle” gets built in the everyday thread of picking up the house, mopping, sweeping, doing dishes and overall home maintenance.

Order is a key ingredient in our life and it provides certainty to the chaos life can often represent.

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4) Orderliness- In the United States we have the privilege of living with order, but having visited other nations, I’m well aware of what lack of order looks like. The consequences of the lack of order are manifested by having to visit several governmental offices to get one paper notarized or having 5 lanes of vehicles in 4 traffic lanes. Order is a key ingredient in our life and it provides certainty to the chaos life can often represent. By teaching our children to keep things in order, we are helping them have a “default” order standard that will allow them to recognize unhealthy disorder and chaos.

5) Stewardship- Proper management and up-keeping of our possessions and physical, emotional and spiritual state is accomplished through a healthy dosage of stewardship. When we teach children to manage their time- when doing chores, manage their possessions- by knowing what to keep and what to give away, you are training them on the management of resources in order to be as productive and efficient as possible. The most successful people in this world have learned to be good stewards of a particular resource and through everyday chores, you are modeling good stewardship.

Seeing everyday chores for more than just a task you have to make your children do is one of the primary duties for mom or dad. The legacy you build in your children and grandchildren starts when you persevere in teaching daily life skills that also build powerful character traits.

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This article was first published in Homeschooling Today Magazine.

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