The lessons our children need to master are greater than how to make a bed, vacuum a floor, clean a toilet, or consistently feed a pet. They need to develop perseverance, stewardship of possessions, cheerful service to others, teamwork, selflessness, completing a job they start, and working with excellence as unto the Lord. †
To rephrase it, by doing chores our children aren't just learning housekeeping skills. They're gaining valuable character lessons in:
- stewardship of possessions
- cheerful service to others
- completing a job they start
- working with excellence as unto the Lord
I'll admit, I'm often tempted to just do the household chores myself—not necessarily because I just love doing them, but because I can do them more efficiently, and with a whole lot less complaining! (hah!) But when I see the benefits of children doing chores "spelled out" in these terms, it helps me make the effort to keep my boys on track with their daily tasks.
† From "PACE Yourself: Plan, Assign, Change, Execute" by Marilyn Rockett, which appeared in The Paper MACHE magazine, August/September 2014 issue