Reasons to Get Your Kids to Take out the Garbage: Kids Who Do Chores Are More Successful Adults

posted: 03/03/17
by: Amanda Mushro
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If you are looking for help around the house, look no further than the tiny humans already living there. From dishes, to making their beds, to helping put away groceries, if you are assigning chores to your kids, it's not because you are a mean mom, it's because you want them to grow up become successful adults. And now, you have science to back you up.

According to Julie Lythcott-Haims, former dean of freshmen at Stanford University and author of the book How to Raise an Adult, "If kids aren't doing the dishes, it means someone else is doing that for them. And so they're absolved of not only the work, but of learning that work has to be done and that each one of us must contribute for the betterment of the whole." This information isn't just coming from a mom that is trying to get her kids to put away their own laundry, but a Harvard Grant Study that has been going on for 75 years.

According to Lythcott-Haims, kids who do chores grow to become employees who collaborate with their coworkers. Also, kids that are tasked with chores become adults that can take on tasks independently rather than waiting for a boss or supervisor tell them what they needs to do each day.

In a TED Talk Live event, she says "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," she tells TI. "It's not just about me and what I need in this moment, but that I'm part of an ecosystem. I'm part of a family. I'm part of a workplace."

So what are age appropriate chores?

  • For kids as young two or three- start with making their beds and cleaning up toys.
  • For four and five year olds-kids can set the table, feed pets, and help sort laundry.
  • For six and seven year olds- kids can help make meals with parent supervision, take out garbage and recycling, and can help with dusting and vacuuming.

So give your kids a sponge for the dishes and hand over that garbage bag because it's chore time!