Kids that help around the house succeed as adults

As many of you know, for many years I was a single dad. I always worked full time and beyond. Keeping up on the house was more work but I was lucky my kids understood. By the time they were 10 or 11 they could do their own laundry, run the dishwasher and vacuum. I could never get them too interested in yard work. No parent is perfect. Which leads to a new study out of Stanford University that explains why kids who are made to do chores become more successful as adults. The author of the study is Julie Lythcott Haims former dean of freshman. She says kids who do chores grow up realizing "They have to do the work of life in order to be a part of life." Kids who don't or won't do chores are not learning that there is work to be done and we all have to contribute to get it done. Lythcott Haims believes kids who grow up doing chores will be better employees who can collaborate with co-workers and show empathy to others.  The study doesn't get into whether we should pay our kids to do chores, but I never did.  We were all grateful the bills were paid and lived in a fairly nice house. So the next you decide to just do the chores instead of listening to your kids complain about having to do them. Think about the Stanford University study.  

Steve Andrews

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