When we talk about lazy kids, should we really talk about poor parenting instead?
A new survey finds children today are doing less housework than they used to and this ‘chore gap’ could impact their future development. In a survey by Whirlpool Canada, 59 per cent of Canadians said children today spend less time doing chores compared to when they were young.
Perhaps technology relieves families of some household maintenance burdens, but overall parents seem to find children do less now than when they themselves were kids. If that is in fact the case, do you think this is a matter of lazy children or poor parenting? Taking your calls and texts after 1pm: 204.780.6868.
By the by, with all of these “lazy kids” studies out there, maybe it’s time we do some amazing kids today studies, like we do on the show. Because there are so many hard-working kids – today.
Other points of interest from the survey:
- 89 per cent of Canadians surveyed feel parents need to lead by example if they expect their children to adopt a positive attitude to doing household chores
- 59 per cent of Canadians surveyed feel it is most appropriate to start giving children household chores when they are between five and eight years old, while 27 per cent view the ages of nine to eleven years the best time to start giving chores to children
- Among parents surveyed with children at home, 50 per cent describe their household as opting for a clear division of responsibility, while only 28 per cent say they try to do chores together and 20 per cent of parents do all of the chores themselves