This research actually came out of a well-known 75-year-long Harvard study, where researchers followed two groups of people.
One of the many highlights of the researcher’s findings is that subjects who were given chores, or jobs to do, as kids grew up to be adults who were more independent, better able to work in collaborative groups, and better equipped to understand that even though doing chores or hard work may feel unpleasant, it means being a valuable part of a community. Basically, it gives children the fundamental building blocks toward developing a “Can Do” attitude, which is what will fuel success in their workplace and in their interpersonal relationships.
This ‘Can Do’ Attitude links in to my philosophy about raising a ‘Can Do Kid’ and also links in to the Crucial ‘C’s of helping a child feel Connected, Capable, Courageous and who Counts in your family and in the world.
So, grab a piece of paper and a pen and jot down some simple chores that your children can do to make them feel part of your family team. ‘Talk & Teach’ your kids about the importance of being part of you family team. Talk about the jobs you all do in the family – from driving them to school, to washing and ironing their clothes to making the bed and laying the table. Be careful you aren’t unconsciously giving them traditional stereotypical roles ! My son used to empty the dishwasher, lay the table and cut the grass. My daughter used to empty the bins, walk the dog and make her bed.
Here’s to picking up the wet bathroom towels and having meticulously tidy bedrooms tomorrow morning?
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