The importance of giving children recurring chores

Through recurring chores kids gain a sense of reliability and calmness in what may seem to be a chaotic world.

By: The Family Money Team


4 minute read

Look for ways your child can make a contribution to the household through chores.

Key Points:

  • Teach your kids to be resilient
  • Schedule recurring chores to support cognitive development
  • Doing chores and receiving allowances prepares kids for later in life
  • Children benefit from daily predictable schedules in an unpredictable world

Parenting today is tough. Living in a world with remote learning, hybrid working schedules, the disruption of after school activities, and endless rounds of Covid 19 testing makes day to day living a challenge for everyone. 

 Every family deals with added stress and adversity differently, but there are things parents can do to help.

According to a study about adversity published in Psychology Today, adversity disrupts both children’s attention and children’s adjustment. It is important that kids learn to self regulate and remain calm when things go awry. According to a well known author on the topic of resilience, Michael Ungar, Ph.D., giving kids regular, recurring chores supports kids’ cognitive, emotional, physical, and social development.

 It’s no wonder that Family Money’s newest feature of recurring chores was at the top of parent’s suggestion list.  Figuring out how to fairly assign chores for your family takes precious time. But now, with just a few taps, parents can set daily, weekly and monthly chores. Family Money enables parents to set responsibilities and jobs for each family member( ages 8+), and manage allowances right from the app. Parents use their Family Money Wallet to pay allowances to either the prepaid debit card (for spending) or the vault( for saving). As soon as the child finishes the chore, parents can receive a notification that the task is complete and a photo too, should they choose. Family Money streamlines the process of setting chores and paying allowances. Just set the frequency of set chores and forget it. However, be sure to remember that beyond the monetary value of completing chores, saying “good job” is equally valuable.

Children benefit from daily predictable schedules, but having a routine is especially valuable right now. Family life including meal preparation, eating as a family and doing regular, recurring chores provides a sense of control and trust in uncertain times. 

Research from a well-known 75-year Harvard study examined the childhood psychosocial variables and biological processes that predicted health and well-being later in life.

The study suggests that kids who had routine chores fared better later in life. The practice of contributing to the family leaves children feeling like part of a team and a job well done fosters self confidence.

Recurring chores prepare kids for the real world and help them develop life skills. Receiving an allowance is certainly a motivator and it is important to pay your teens like they would be paid by an employer. 

Don’t just give them a handout because that's not how the real world operates. We all are expected to do our jobs at work and receive a paycheck for completing certain tasks. Most people that underperform at work do not succeed. It is important to give your child the opportunity to practice routine chores. As kids grow and develop, reminders should come less frequently as your kids take on more responsibility. By using Family Money and creating recurring chores, parents are helping to set their children up for success. 

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