Children’s Chores Lead to Adult Success

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Kids usually hate doing chores, but it’s an important part of growing up. That’s what Julie Lythcott-Haims, author of How to Raise an Adult and former dean of freshmen at Stanford University, said in a 2015 interview recently reviewed on the People magazine website.

“By making them do chores— cleaning the dinner table, folding the laundry—they realize ‘I have to do the work of life in order to be part of life,’” Lythcott-Haims says.

Tech Insider says that children who do chores grow up to be more independent at work. In particular, they’re good at spotting when their co-workers are dealing with tasks that are challenging.

“If kids aren’t doing the dishes, it means someone else is doing that for them,” says Lythcott-Haims. “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 [sake] of the whole.”

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