If we stop to think, it is curious that this is the subject of debate, or that it is necessary to give reasons to be convinced that children can and should help at home . I would refine even more, they should not “help”, they should collaborate as one more member of the family that they are. And, of course, everyone should do it, boys and girls, and as soon as possible.

When they grow up we ask them for responsibility and respect, but if from a young age they are not aware that they live in a community even at home, how are they going to take into account the person next to them? It is in our power to make our children responsible adults .

Here are the reasons why it is essential that children collaborate with the housework:


It is a perfect way to give our children freedom. Let me explain: they are learning to be self-sufficient , not to need anyone to solve their lives. If from a young age they start by tidying up the pantry, making the shopping list or setting the table, they will end up being teenagers who put a washing machine, do the dishes or clean the bathroom. And this, which may seem like something unimportant, is going to be more useful in life than any mathematical formula.


Knowing how to live with other people being clean and orderly is key to your future. Whether you share a flat with friends or with a partner, being respectful of the common space is a key that will open many doors and identify you as a person with whom you can live without problems.

Give value to the everyday

Knowing the value that your immediate environment has to be organized, and that you know how to do it too, is priceless. Instilling our children from an early age the importance of having things that surround them be within an order influences their stability and their way of living , which is more relaxed and balanced.


Unintentionally, the dynamics of daily tasks will increase their organizational capacity in life : knowing what they have to do now, what they can put off, do alone or as a team … As they grow, we increase responsibilities and decision making. For example, when the time comes they take care of the watering of the plants, so that their health depends on them. This is an excellent exercise to help them deal with the remains of their adult lives.

From the age of two and only by imitation, the child wants to do what you do. Take advantage of that moment to help you and, above all, to begin to observe how everything is done. Appreciate their effort and praise their desire and their small daily achievements. There is no turning back, you are helping to form a human being capable of surviving on his own and, putting a bit of humor as my mother says, ” that if he is with someone it is because he wants to, not because he does not know how to fry an egg.”

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