When kids pitch in, everyone wins.

Young mother and her son loading a dishwasher in the kitchen
Moms and dads, rejoice. It turns out that asking your little ones to help out with chores leads to more than just a cleaner house. According to studies by the Harvard Graduate School of Education, as well as the Harvard Grant Study of Adult Development, children who grow up doing chores grow into more successful adults.

What do they mean by success? Dr. Marty Rossmann, author of “Involving children in household chores” defines it as: “completion of education, getting started on a career path, IQ, relationships with family and friends, and not using drugs.”

According to the authors of “The Children We Mean to Raise,” the key to reaping the benefits of household work and chores are repetition and responsibility.

“Daily repetition—whether it’s helping a friend with homework, pitching in around the house, having a classroom job, or working on a project on homelessness—and increasing challenge make caring second nature and develop and hone youth’s caregiving capacities.”

And Julie Lythcott-Haims, author of “How to Raise An Adult,” says that teaching children to invest in their own well-being teaches them how to better care for themselves.

“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.”

To grow into successful adults, kids need a chance to practise the skills that make a successful adult. And there’s no time like the present to start learning.

To learn more about the benefits of children helping out with chores, read more here:
The Children We Mean to Raise: The Real Messages Adults Are Sending About Values
How to Raise An Adult: Break Free of the Overparenting Trap and Prepare Your Kids for Success
Involving Children in Household Tasks: Is it worth the effort?