I feel like kids are smarter than this. When my mom made me start doing my own laundry at age 12 I did not feel like I was winning at life.
> Talk about chores differently. For better cooperation, instead of saying, “Do your chores,” Dr. Rende suggests saying, “Let’s do our chores.” This underscores that chores are not just a duty but a way of taking care of each other.
I completely agree with this. I think this was the biggest piece missing from the way chores worked in my family. We had a cleaning lady and my mom had her clean less and less of the house as we got older in order to teach us responsibility via chores. But it was a very individualized thing and always felt like an artificially engineered scenario.
My 2-year old loves to "help" sort laundry, and loves to take laundry to the machine, even when it's clean.
It's nice to use my brain more building software too, but sometimes it's nice to have a break.
Besides that, he just wants to help in any way he can. The other day he was piling laundry into a big dump truck, and rigged it to tow another vehicle to transport laundry to the room where my wife was folding.
There are some obvious safety measures -- the water is much cooler than I'd normally use; I make sure there are no knives in there; I take all the glasses out (he's young and a bit clumsy).
He also enjoys hoovering, and folding clothes.
My neighborhood has some free range kids and every time I'm out doing some garden work or house project, they ask if they can help. When it's not dangerous, I try and let them. Sometimes they certainly aren't helping, but everyone (me included) has fun with it, and they feel like useful people. One time I definitely had to completely redo a brick walkway after the kids got called home, but a few years later when that batch of kids were high schoolers I was sitting in the house and I heard them walk by with some other kids and heard them bragging about how they "helped the cool old dude build that sidewalk".
Not exactly the same as chores - but I agree - kids like being and feeling useful.
Best case, it saves money on staff, teaches children how to clean and how to be respectful of their environment.
Obviously there are some potential for cruelty, like if you know it's Hashimoto's turn to clean today and you think he's a wimp, you can save some dirt somewhere for him to deal with.
I don't think this is a problem in Japan, and regardless, let's be honest: kids are real assholes sometimes regardless of what you do.
Then the Weissbourd study says nothing about chores. All it reports is the # of people that valued achievement, happiness, or caring for others more.
I don't know. I'm not arguing for or against chores, but I don't think this article made a convincing case for its headline.
Case fucking closed then. I cherish the in depth commentary Hn has to offer regarding scientific studies
What tool(s) can I use to figure out why this page is hitting my hard drive every second?
(running chrome on windows xp)
edit: I should add that Mark Russinovich, who wrote these tools, has also blogged a fair bit over the years about using them to solve mysteries such as yours - e.g. http://blogs.technet.com/b/markrussinovich/archive/2012/10/3...
She would write out all of our chores as well as the fun things we would like to do that day. We would then try to complete chores quickly in order to get to the fun things we chose. From what I remember, we would even race to see who could get a better time at emptying all of the trash cans in the house and things like that.
We also had autonomy in which chores to complete first but she would be sure to explain to us that if we did all of our fun things first, we would then have a huge block of chores which would not be fun.