Julie Lythcott-Haimes, former freshman dean at Standford University, noted in a 2016 TED talk that “professional success in life, which is what we want for our kids…comes from having done chores as a kid.”
But, man alive, it is not easy to get kids involved in household work! It is one million times easier for parents to do the work themselves, especially when the kids are young and inexperienced.
If you, like me, sometimes struggle to get your kids involved in chores, you are in the right place. This short and power-packed episode dives into the why, what, and how of chores. It also provides simple and practical suggestions for handling pushback or failure to follow through on tasks.
WHAT YOU WILL LEARN:
- The two factors that the Harvard Grant Study, a study that has spanned nearly 80 years, identified that contribute to success in life (hint: chores contribute to one of them in a big way)
- Why clear expectations are a MUST when teaching children to work
- How to handle pushback and lack of follow-through
- Ideas for rotating jobs
- How to use chores to teach life skills
RESOURCES WE DISCUSS:
- How to Raise an Adult, by Julie Lythcott-Haimes
READY TO LISTEN?
Teach your child one new skill and make it their chore for this month or this week.
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