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Sunday, June 17, 2018

Back in the early 1990s, psychologist Suzanne Gaskins was living in a small Maya village near Valladolid, Yucatán, when she struck up a conversation with two sisters, ages 7 and 9. The girls started telling her -- with great pride -- about all the chores they did after school. "I wash my own clothes," the 7-year-old said. The older sister then one-upped her and declared, "I wash my clothes and my baby brother's clothes."

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Gaskins was so impressed by the girls' enthusiasm for helping around the house that she started to study how kids in the village spend their time. She quickly realized that the young kids not only made big contributions to household chores, but also that they often did so without being told. In fact, many times, helping out was their idea.

"Many times the children asked to do work around the house," Gaskins says.

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Great. It all starts during the toddler years. My boys are 17 and 14. Can I purchase a way-back machine?

#1 | Posted by JeffJ at 2018-06-12 11:32 AM | Reply

Withhold something they want from them until the chores are done.

By the time mine were up in their teens all I had to do when they asked to use the car was look out the window and see if the grass was mowed.

#2 | Posted by lfthndthrds at 2018-06-13 08:14 AM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

turn off the TV, the internet and the phones.

make the kids be an active part of the daily activity of living.

I suppose this is too difficult of a concept for most americans.

#3 | Posted by kudzu at 2018-06-17 09:36 AM | Reply

"I wash my own clothes," the 7-year-old said. The older sister then one-upped her and declared, "I wash my clothes and my baby brother's clothes."

^
It's almost like...
They're literally...
Doing the jobs Americans won't do!

#4 | Posted by snoofy at 2018-06-17 12:02 PM | Reply | Funny: 2

I never resent it when my kids to chores...

#5 | Posted by bartimus at 2018-06-17 06:17 PM | Reply

My kids did their own laundry from the age of 12. Yes turn off everything that distracts them til it is done. My kids are functioning adults today. Expectations! If you don't expect them to do it they won't. If you do they will. It isn't punishment that works, it is the expectation that they understand and can do the tasks they are assigned. Don't worry, they will because not living up to expectations challenges their self-image. They want to believe they are intelligent, capable, good. Expect them to be that and they will be.

#6 | Posted by danni at 2018-06-18 08:17 AM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

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