Doing chores makes kids better citizens
There's no question that working parents need all the help they can get when it comes to keeping up their homes.
That means kids help too. But as they do their chores, are they helping themselves as well?
New research conducted at the University of Toronto indicates the answer is an emphatic "yes".
The study of children ages 9 to 14 shows that those with regular responsibilities at home showed greater sensitivity to the needs of others, were more responsible in other areas, and were more likely to spontaneously pitch in, both at home and at school.
The key to making kids more responsible was having them do tasks that benefited the entire family.
Doing things that benefit all gets kids in the habit of thinking of others, say the study leaders. They were more likely to become responsible and considerate adults.
What if your kids don't want to do chores? Give them a number of choices and let them decide which ones to take on. They'll be more likely to help out without complaining.