Today, parents are focused on their kids participating in activities that lead to success. However, according to the developmental psychologist and author, Richard Rende, parents have stopped doing the the one thing that is ‘actually a proven predictor of success.’ Apparently, the secret ingredient is requiring kids to perform household chores, an idea which is supported by decades of studies showing the benefits of chores in academic, emotional and professional development.
A recent survey of adults revealed that 82% reported having regular chores when growing up, but only 28% of the respondents required the same of their children. These days, chores have taken a back seat to resume-building activities such as sports, academics and participation in various clubs.
However, giving chores at an early age helps to build a lasting sense of mastery, responsibility and self-reliance according to a specialist in the field. There is a strong correlation between kids doing chores starting at a young age and the likelihood of positive adult relationships, academic and professional success, and self sufficiency.
Most parents want to help their children to grow up to be happy, independent adults. Assigning chores may be a step in the right direction. With spring sprucing-up upon us, don’t overlook the youngest helpers among you. Passing out the work gloves, rakes and paint rollers to your kids may very well be the key to a lifetime of success and happiness.
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Source: Wall Street Journal, “Why Children Need Chores”, by Jennifer Breheny Wallace, accessed March 18, 2015.