When kids are young, they ought to learn to do chores because...it's just a beautiful reality of life you're never too young to learn: that you are a valued part of your environment and you can become a beneficial part of it by pitching in with whatever abilities or skills you have at that particular stage.
But of course, the other reality is that it usually takes a lot longer to have little ones help out as they're learning; it's more for philosophical, relational, existential, and developmental reasons than practical ones. Teaching someone how to do something is a great deal more challenging and time-consuming than simply doing it yourself. But totally worth it to see satisfaction, accomplishment, and a bit of pride in a task completed. And possibly even completed...well.
AND...then they get older and at a certain point become
in an efficient and concrete way.
That's pretty cool too. I love seeing kids get excited about work.
Of course, everyone should re-read Tom Sawyer* at least once every couple years.* Some of the best parenting advice ever to be extrapolated from it.
Happy weekend, universe! :)
*or anything Mark Twain