As parents, sometimes the temptation for us is to do all the house chores ourselves. Besides, we want everything done quickly and perfectly, right? So we just allow our children to play their devices or do their homework as we get busy in the kitchen.
That, according to experts, is a big mistake for parents. As numerous studies have shown, letting kids help in the home by assigning them age-appropriate tasks not only leads to their growth as individuals, it also contributes to their future success.
In fact, Harvard Grant Study researchers tell us there are two crucial factors for people to find success and happiness in life – love and work ethic.
The study observed the pattern in the lives of 724 high achievers and that’s the conclusion they came up with.
During her TED talk, Julie Lythcott-Haims, author of ‘How to Raise an Adult’ and former Stanford University freshman dean, said:
“[The study] found that professional success in life, which is what we want for our kids … comes from having done chores as a kid.”
She further taught parents:
“The earlier you started, the better.
“[A] roll-up-your-sleeves- and-pitch-in mindset, a mindset that says, there’s some unpleasant work, someone’s got to do it, it might as well be me … that that’s what gets you ahead in the workplace.”
In short, work is an effective way of instilling important values to our children early on in their lives.
“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.”
Meanwhile, Chinese-American entrepreneur and movie producer Wendi Deng Murdoch also shared once:
“My parents pushed us very hard to work, both in the home, doing chores and cooking, and at school.”
Of course, allowing children to do some chores doesn’t mean you can expect stellar results right away. Developing them requires both time and patience.
An article published by INC pointed out:
“Sometimes, even if you could do a job perfectly, you have to let someone else do it just-barely-passably, if you want the other person learn from the experience. It’s the same principle whether we’re talking about U.S. soldiers training the Iraqi Army, or parents letting their kids empty the dishwasher.”
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