"In every job that must be done, there is an element of fun. You find the fun, and - SNAP - the job's a game!" - Mary Poppins 2
Chores are a necessary part of contributing to a household and are a part of an individual’s daily activities. Just as play is important to helping children reach their developmental milestones, chores can help them to learn and develop as well. It is important to know how to complete chores to successfully transition to adolescence and adulthood.3 Having chores can teach children sequencing, help them learning responsibilities and meet deadlines; these skills can lead to school success as well as increased independence.4,6 Completing activities and chores together provides opportunities to develop strong bonds and relationships.5 There isn’t one right way to introduce chores. Chores will look different for every family and for every child’s abilities. Some may find it is best to have the same chores while others will find it is better to have a chore list that changes. Some families may require chores to be done because you are part of the family and others may decide to use rewards or allowances for chores completed.1 Learning from the perspective of Mary Poppins we can make completing chores fun.
Talk to an occupational therapist; I am always happy to answer questions or concurs you or your family may be facing. Occupational therapists work with children and families to ensure that your child is able to participate in age appropriate everyday activities. These tasks can include skills necessary to complete chores. You can also talk to your occupational therapist about what skills are needed for particular chores and what chores may be appropriate for your child. Remember chores can be fun.
At High Hopes, occupational therapy (OT) is among the therapies we offer to support children and their families to participate in desired activities. We are always happy to assist families in helping their children reach milestones, gain independence and set them up for success.
1 Coppens, A.D. & Alcla, L. (2015). Supporting children’s initiative: Appreciating family contributions or paying children for chores. Advances in Child Development and Behavior, 49, 91-112.
2 Disney, W. (Producer), Stevenson, R. (Director). (1964). Mary Poppins [Motion Picture]. United States: Walt Disney Studios.
3 Gall, C., Kingsnorth, S., & Healy, H. (2006).Growing up ready. Physical & Occupational Therapy in pediatrics, 26(4) 47-62.
4 Is your child positioned for school success?. (n.d.). Retrieved from https://www.aota.org/About-Occupational-Therapy/Patients-Clients/ChildrenAndYouth/Positioned-School-Success.aspx
5 Pediatric Occupational Therapy Practitioners Recommend Participation in Activities to Help Families Build and Foster Healthy Relationships. (n.d.). Retrieved from https://www.aota.org/Publications-News/ForTheMedia/PressReleases/2019/043019-Childrens-Mental-Health.aspx
6 School Tips for Parents: Academic Success & Social Participation. (n.d.). Retrieved from https://www.aota.org/About-Occupational-Therapy/Patients-Clients/ChildrenAndYouth/School-Tips-Academic-Success-Social-Participation.aspx