Do Chores Teach Discipline?

Adrea Robinson

December 20, 2020

As a youngster, most of us grew up with the dreaded reality of performing daily household tasks. If we reflect back to yester-year, we probably would breathe a collective sigh of relief thinking back on those tasks assigned by our parents. Most of us might even provide a list of the most hated chores of all time. However, were our parents on to something when they decided to dictate our daily paths? Were they true geniuses behind the scenes? 

Ultimately, a huge question we might ask ourselves as parents is: “Do Chores Really Teach Discipline?”  The answer to this question is a resounding…YES! Chores are a highly effective way of ensuring children not only have discipline, but they also teach children to be responsible. Building Discipline with Chores (2020) holds that having your child do chores has a positive impact on them when they become adults.

Chores are a highly effective way of ensuring children not only have discipline, but they also teach children to be responsible.


Chores Are Important

Providing daily tasks for your child to complete prepares him or her for adulthood. As adults we must complete a multitude of tasks on our daily jobs and in our homes. When we instill work ethic during our children’s formative years, we are teaching them the discipline needed to be successful in life. Providing them with household expectations also teaches them the value of completing a task with diligence. “Chores give children the tools to be more responsible, compassionate, and hardworking as they navigate adulthood” (Building Discipline, 2020).

What Do Chores Teach Children?

Another favorable outcome of doing chores is developing responsible children. Responsibility is intermixed with discipline. As kids develop discipline in completing their tasks repetitively, they essentially become more responsible. When children have chores, they:

  • Become disciplined and structured
  • Develop a work ethic
  • Realize they must work for what they want in life
  • Learn responsibility
  • Fare better later in life

As parents we make decisions that are in the best interest of our offspring. Additionally, we wish for  them to be an improved version of ourselves. By assigning age appropriate tasks as chores, we are ensuring that the next generation in our families–our babies–have the right foundation. “Giving your child chores may be one of the most important things you ever do” (The Importance of Chores for Kids).  

Works Cited

Building Discipline With Chores: Why Kids Should Help Around the House. (2020, June 17). Retrieved December 05, 2020, from https://www.fevermates.com/blogs/news/building-discipline-with-chores-why-kids-should-help-around-the-house?currency=USD

Morin, A. (2020, October 1). The Importance of Chores for Kids. Retrieved December 05, 2020, from https://www.verywellfamily.com/the-importance-of-chores-for-kids-1095018

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