A Babe's Work Never Ends
There was an article in the Saturday Globe and Mail Focus section that really caught my attention. David Eddie wrote, getting your kids to do chores is key to their future success. He says a growing number of educators and child psychologists say forget the piano lessons and hand the kid a mop. He cites a study by the University of Minnesota that followed kids from age 3 until their 20s to determine what features of early childhood were good predictors of successful adulthood. Guess what the most reliable gauge was? Doing chores.
One of the researchers from the study suggests kids can start doing chores as young as age 2—at that age they can pick up toys, put their clothes in the hamper, put trash in the garbage, and sweep the floor. She warns against getting them involved too late (at 9 or 10) because by then they are “too old to be indoctrinated with the concept that we’re all in this together”. She thinks the chores are good for kids because they instil in them a sense of altruism and build self-esteem.
This makes a lot of sense to me. Cakes is only 16-months old and she is already doing chores. She:
unloads the dishwasher...
sweeps the floor...
folds the laundry...
My goal is by age 4 she will be doing all of the chores and I will be writing and drinking wine all day. I hope she turns out to be a good cook like her father.
Do you kids do chores? How old are they and what do they do?