Do you agree or disagree with the following statement: children should spend most of their time studying and playing; they shouldn’t be required to help family with household chores, such as cleaning and cooking.
The impact that education has had on children in general, is undeniable. It is becoming even more essential as science and technology develop so rapidly that theoretically every child should accept higher quality education. However, how to educate children has been a thorny argument among most parents all the time. Personally, I reckon that children should spend most of their time on studying and playing; at the same time, they shouldn’t neglect the importance of doing household chores, such as cleaning and cooking. To be well-rounded individuals, it’s better for children to help family with household chores at leisure time so that they can grow more responsible and more accomplished.
It does have some merits in it that children devote themselves to learning and relax themselves via entertaining. We generally assume that the more time we spend on studying, the better academic performance we will obtain. Therefore, many parents encourage their children to focus on studying; in this case, they are not required to do any household chores at all. They argue that trivial chores would distract their children and decrease their precious time. In the other hand, these parents also know very well about the balance between studying and playing. So, after finishing their homework, children are allowed to play some computer games or to visit their classmates and friends. In this way, children can not only relieve their tiredness, but also enhance their social skills. It seems that such kind of education could guarantee high academic performance as well as physical and psychological health in the meanwhile.
Nonetheless, there are also some disadvantages that undermine this seemingly perfect education approach. If children keep studying for a long time, or if they have to learn most of time, they will easily feel tired of their homework, grades, etc. This bad mood, which probably makes it difficult for children to concentrate in class, usually happens subconsciously; it is generally not easy for parents to notice. Finally, children might lose their passion, absorb knowledge in low efficiency. Under this circumstance, if children are purely allowed to play some games–especially computer or mobile phone games–instead of some other activities such as household chores , they are prone to get addicted to them since games are really healing medicine for them to get rid of pressure. When they return to school, games still stay alive in their mind which makes it even more difficult for them to fit in the further study. I have a personal experience that when I was still a sophomore I did a part-time job as a tutor for a middle school student. That boy was assigned dozens of homework and he was allowed to play computer games for one hour after finishing them. Once he told me a story about himself that he was caught playing gun-themed computer games at midnight in the living room. As he said, games were far more interesting and exciting than studying. I can’t help to exclaim that what a terrible consequence!
On the contrary, when children spare some time to help their parents with household chores rather than merely play games, it will make a big difference. To exemplify, if children are required to clean the house, they will gradually realize that they are part of the hosts in the house and that they should not throw litter around, which is of great benefits to build their sense of responsibility. Take another example, if children are asked to cook, they will get to know how to prepare vegetables and meat in a certain order and how to divide complicated tasks into small pieces, which is of profound meaning to handle problems and then build independence. Nothing could be better than these trivial but practical household chores in educating children in outside class.
Some parents may worry about that these chores takes up much time and overburden their children. As far as I’m concerned, it is not necessary. It does takes some time and some energy when children learn how to sweep the floor and brush furniture or how to cook delicious dishes for the first time. Nevertheless, when children are skilled at it, I have confidence that it won’t cost them much time and they will enjoy the process of making rooms neat and cooking palatable dishes.