This is Why Kids Who Do Chores Grow up to Be More Successful Adults | 22 Words

The majority of us probably had chores we were responsible for growing up. Whether it was making the bed, taking out the trash, or scooping the cat litter, chores are a normal part of being a kid. Remember that beloved chore chart your mother swore was the best idea ever? Parents are always trying to convince kids that doing chores can be fun!

While most kids dread vacuuming or doing the dishes, doing chores is actually really good for children. I mean, think about it: it teaches kids responsibility and the value of hard work. Sure, we all hated cleaning when we were little. But as adults, we now recognize the value of being tidy and responsible.

Research suggests that kids who grow up doing chores are actually more successful as adults! So all you parents out there with whining kids, refusing to clean up their room - here's the validation you need to keep that chore chart in rotation. Make sure to read until the end to find out what the study says!

No fun

Listen, chores are no fun. They never have been, they never will be.

The dread

Who else dreaded chores when they were a child? Having your mom wake you up early on the weekend to clean as the worst. 

Adults hate them too

Let's be real: adults hate chores just as much as kids hate chores. Only a select few people love cleaning. The majority of us?

We hate it. Just as much as our kids.

Why do we even expect them to listen to us? Some days I don't want to hang up my jacket either!

Always a mess

Remember, once upon a time, when you had a clean house prior to having children? Oh, those were the days!


The old "trick your kid into doing chores" is always a fun skill to have as a parent. They'll never find out they've been manipulated! Right?

Just as bad as the kids

Adults can be just as bad as children when it comes to chores. Nobody wants to empty the dishwasher!

Disaster zone

When you have kids, is the bathroom ever clean? Why can't they just put the toothpaste on the actual toothbrush?

Mountain of laundry

Laundry will forever be stressful. It doesn't matter if you're 10 or 40. Nobody wants to fold their laundry.

Chores for parents

Chores for adults include a little more responsibility than chores for kids, but they're equally dreadful.

Too real

This sounds about right. Who else has felt this way?

Don't look

Parenting 101: never look under the couch cushions. No matter how curious you may be, it's just better to leave the couch cushions alone...

Cheeto horror

Is anyone else seething while reading this tweet? Just me? Cool.

Sound logic

This makes total sense. Sounds like a good plan to me!

Dad of the year

Does whatever led to this scenario sound like a fun time? Of course. Does it sound responsible? Absolutely not.

The war against laundry

Is laundry the worst chore ever? I vote yes.

Three minutes tops

Any cleaning done after three minutes is not worth it. That's just a fact.

Worse than laundry

Well reader, we've found it. We've found the chore that's worse than laundry! Cleaning out the dreaded shower drain.


Who else wants everybody to move out of their house after a deep clean? Pack your bags, kids.

Sounds about right

This is my kind of spring cleaning, y'all. Just burn it all down.

The things one finds when cleaning...

Okay, so we're all in agreement that even as an adult, chores tend to suck, right? Well, here's the good news...

It's good for kids to do chores!

That's right - kids who do chores are more likely to grow up and become successful. You don't have to clean the house alone. All that dishwashing and bed-making is worth it after all!

Planting the seed

Having children do chores teaches them the value of hard work. "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," says Julie Lythcott-Haims, the former Dean of Freshmen Stanford University.

How to Raise an Adult

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Lythcott-Haims is the author of How to Raise an Adult, and spoke to Tech Insider about the value of household chores.

Lots of research

Lythcott-Haims based her research on the Harvard Grant Study. She found several very interesting things...


According to her research, Lythcott-Haims found that children who did chores are happier later in life. They're also better employees!

Communication skills

When kids learn how to do chores, they learn how to work with others. According to the research, they can recognize if someone is struggling because they can understand it.

You know, since chores are a major struggle for children.

Who knew to force your kid to make their bed or vacuum the living room was actually teaching them empathy? Let the chores carry on!

Hard work

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"If kids aren't doing the dishes, it means someone else is doing that for them," Lythcott-Haims said. "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 good of the whole."

So...chores are actually good for children.

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If you're a parent, you should never feel guilty about having kids do chores! Now...whose turn is it to scrub the toilet?