Kids who do regular chores are more successful as adults, study finds

we love 25/03/2019

If you're a household who sets chores for your kids, then you could be paving the way for them to be more successful than most, a new study has discovered.

Expert Julie Lythcott-Haims, former dean of freshmen at Stanford University and author of How to Raise an Adult, has revealed that by getting kids to chores from a young age, it means they’re more likely to develop a deeper set of understanding in adulthood.

“By making them do chores — taking out the garbage, doing their own laundry — they realize I have to do the work of life in order to be part of life,” she says in her TED talk. “If kids aren’t doing the dishes, it means someone else is doing that for them. And so they’re absolved of not only the work, but of learning that work has to be done and that each one of us must contribute for the betterment of the whole.”

She also says that children who grow up doing chores actually become better employees once they establish a career. And she’s not the first one to call out this fact.

Marty Rossmann of the University of Mississippi used data collected over 25 years to see whether chores done when a child is 3 or 4 could affect them positively when they were in their 20s. The outcome was overwhelmingly leaning toward chores having a positive effect on the kids.

But the study furthered show, that many parents don't make their kids do chores. Only about 28 percent of adults, according to a survey by Braun Research in 2014. They felt that their kids were already too busy in school and extracurricular activities and didn’t wan to burden them.