chores

Study Says, Kids Who Do Chores Are More Likely to Succeed

Most parents know that chores can be good for their children. Chores teach children everyday life skills, and it’s always good for moms and dads to get a little help around the house.

As a single dad of twins, I unintentionally came across chores as an amazing way to entertain and bond with my children. Since I was super busy with working and caring for my kiddos, I wanted to maximize the time I had with them, bond with them (be present), while still having a presentable household.

Instead of having them play alone, everyday we would get the mail, grocery shop, walk and feed the dogs, clean around the house, and do laundry together. All of this before the age of 2.

I’m not saying that everyone should do these activities at such a young age, but I am saying that kids should have an active part of the household and be treated as contributing members of the household.

Aside from this, a recent study shows that chores can benefit your child in the long run too. Children who do chores grow up to be well-adjusted adults who have good relationships with their friends and family.The study from the University of Mississippi analyzed data collected from over 25 years, starting in 1967, to find out if there was a relation between helping out with household chores at age 3 to 4 and success in life by the time the person reached their mid-20s.

Researcher Marty Rossman found that children who helped around the house were more likely to grow up to be well-adjusted adults with successful careers and better relationships with their friends and family compared to the children who didn’t do any chores.

Rossman said that doing chores taught the children the importance of contributing to their families, which in turn, led them to be more empathetic adults, according to The Washington Times.

I totally agree with this. Eventually, when kids grow into adults, they will need to run their own families and their own homes. But more than that exposing them early into a culture of helping others makes children grow up to be responsible, caring adults.

For kids aged 2-3, SmartKidParenting suggests these simple chores:

Ages 2

  • Help make the bed
  • Pack away toys and books
  • Take laundry to the laundry room
  • Help feed pets
  • Help wipe up messes
  • Dust with socks on his hands

Ages 3

  • Clear and set the table
  • Dust the room
  • Help out in cooking and preparing food
  • Carry and put away groceries
  • Mop small areas
  • Line up shoes by pair or place them back on the shoe rack

 

 

Do your children help out around the house? If so, what do they do? Need help teaching your kids how to do chores?