Chores improve brain function in children


A new study has found that giving children chores can actually improve their brain function. There are many parents who want their children to do chores, and for two main reasons. The first is that it takes the strain off mom’s shoulders, and the second (and perhaps most important) is that it teaches their kids a sense of responsibility. It helps them learn that the family must work together to make a home work and everyone must do their part. However, could there be more chores than we think? It turns out there may be.

According Medical Xpress, a new study has been done that shows that doing children’s chores can improve brain function. The study was done by La Trobe Universityand it can be read in full here.

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The research found that children who do chores on a regular basis do better in school and have better problem-solving skills. The study found that chores were linked to better planning, self-regulation, switching between tasks and memorizing instructions given to them.

This all seems to make sense when you look at chores. Chores require children to plan their time, move from task to task, and remember instructions given to them by their mother or father. It would make it seem like household chores provide “practice” for those skills, and it helps them develop those areas of the brain.

The researchers said their findings show why chores should be introduced for children, and that parents may even want to think about expanding the type of chores they assign to their children. It may be developmentally beneficial for your child to “challenge” them with tasks that are new, such as gardening or helping in the kitchen.

The study involved parents of more than 200 children between the ages of 5 and 13, and they were asked to complete questionnaires about the amount of household chores their children do, as well as their executive function. The chores that had the most impact were those labeled as “personal care”. It could be like making yourself a sandwich or getting someone else to eat something.

Chores will of course need to be age appropriate, because if a child is given a task they are not physically or developmentally capable of doing, they are likely to become frustrated and give up. before even trying.

Sources: Medical Xpress, Wiley Online Library


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