An article in today’s Wall Street Journal highlights the academic, emotional and even professional long-term benefits of people who routinely did chores as kids. The article also tracks the demise of chore-dom among today’s kids who, facing increased academic pressure, are more likely to be cramming for a chemistry exam than mowing the lawn and taking out the trash.
The stats? In a survey of 1,001 U.S. adults released last fall by Braun Research, 82% of adults reported having regular chores growing up, but only 28% said that they require their own children to do them.
But is letting kids off the hook for helping around the house a good parenting decision? According to research, your kids may in fact be better off raking leaves than doing homework.
Read the entire article here.
Looking to get your kids motivated to do more chores around the house? One of our all-time favorite motivators is ChoreMonster, a great app for tracking and inspiring kids to help out.