DO YOUR CHORES
Recent research suggests that those shock-jock (and my Dad’s!) rants about the importance of chores in building character might have a skerrick of truth to them. It turns out, chores aren’t just good for teaching children so-called ‘soft skills’ like collaboration; children who do chores have better selfesteem, learn to deal with delayed gratification and other frustrations better, are more responsible and even do better at school. Importantly, research from the University of Mississippi reveals that young kids (between the ages of three and four) given the responsibility of chores (that, ideally, they’d helped choose) grew up to be more successful at work, academically and socially, as well as being less likely to use drugs. The main thing to remember here seems to be that the size of the task doesn’t matter as much as the responsibility associated with it. News buried in the University of Mississippi research found that forcing 15 to 16-year-olds to do chores had the opposite, negative impact on the child’s future success. Admittedly that’s good news for those of us too cowardly to tell the terrifying tyrannical teen in the house that they have to do the washing up tonight.