Dads, give them chores

You have a chore to do around the house and you

children want to help. You know it can be nice

for help, but you’re feeling a bit impatient.

And you know it could turn into a two hour project

with a big mess to clean up. A mess that could be

avoided if you did it yourself.

We’ve all been there, haven’t we?

It can be much easier to do household chores and

projects without the help of your little friends.

After all, who has time in today’s world to make a

project more than necessary?

You do.

Why is it important to include your children in household chores?

Every once in a while, there is some research that reveals

something so important and relevant that it cries out

parents to hear it.

Researcher Marty Rossman, from the University of Minnesota,

studied a group of young adults from the time they were

Small children. The surprising results of the study were

that young adults who had participated in the household

housework when they were 3 and 4 years old, were more successful

adults than those who did not.

Specifically, these young adults were more likely to

complete your education, get off to a good start in a career,

develop adult relationships and avoid drug use.

Early participation in household chores was considered

more important to your success than any other factor,

including IQ.

On the other hand, if the children did not begin to participate

in household chores until adolescence, the

The experience appeared to backfire and had a negative effect.

about their success as young adults, using the same


What does this really mean?

When your young children feel like their dad (or mom)

believe you are capable of simple tasks

in the house, it’s an incredibly powerful message

to them.

Dad thinks I can do it!

If your kids think that’s how you feel about them when

go through life, you will also be the father of trust,

responsible and happy children. That is what is created when

you choose to see your children as capable and show them

you believe in them.

But it is not as easy as seeing them as capable. You

They also have to show patience in dealing with these tasks.

You can’t take care of them when they fight or “correct”

what did you do. Often it’s what you don’t do

communicate that you believe in them.

Imagine the difference you can make with your children by

allowing their participation in family tasks.

Imagine the difference in the esteem of your children when

feel like a productive participant in the family from a

early age.

You have time to include your children in household chores and

projects at home. Tell all the other fathers and mothers that

Know that they have time too.

It is too important not to.

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