‘I have to do the work of life’Julie Lythcott-Haims, the author of How to Raise an Adult, and the former dean of freshman at Stanford University, says the earlier you start the better. Julie told “Tech Insider”, “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. It’s not just about me and what I need in this moment.” Taking part in household chores like folding laundry, taking out the trash and doing the dishes leads to greater levels of success as adults, according to the research.
Successful adultsMarty Rossman, who was the associate professor of family education at the University of Mississippi, presented data spanning 25 years to find out if the kids that did chores were more successful adults. She found that those adults who had done chores as young children were more likely to have successful careers and have better relationships with friends and family. This is, of course, is easier said than done and as parents we already spend most of our day trying to get them to do the essentials like get dressed and brush their teeth.
But in our struggle to add chores to the long list of activities we encourage our children to do every day, keep in mind that a 75-year Harvard Grant Studyidentified two things that people need in order to be happy and successful: love and work ethic.