I want my children to learn that it is important to help out and do their part. What can I do to get them to help out more?
Research says that assigning regular, family-oriented housework to 12- to 14-year-old children is associated with their spontaneous helping behavior. Children of this age who are expected to help set the table, walk the dog or take turns cleaning the family room are more likely to do nice things for others without being told. Requiring children to do regular chores also creates opportunities for you to express appreciation for their kindness.
Source: Kim Leon, Ph.D., Former Assistant Professor and State Specialist, Human Development & Family Studies, Human Environmental Sciences Extension, University of Missouri-Columbia
Last update: Wednesday, May 13, 2009