Thursday, October 3, 2019

Children and Chores

From Inc.:
It sounds great, and it's true--but there is a catch. (We'll get to that in a minute.) For now, the science. In the Harvard Grant Study, the longest running longitudinal study in history, (spanning 75 years and counting--from 1938 to the present), researchers identified two things that people need in order to be happy and successful: The first? Love. The second? Work ethic. And what's the best way to develop work ethic in young people? Based on the experiences of the 724 high-achievers who were part of the study (including people like future-President Kennedy and Ben Bradlee, the Watergate-era editor of The Washington Post) there's a consensus.

"[The study] found that professional success in life, which is what we want for our kids ... comes from having done chores as a kid," says Julie Lythcott-Haims, in her 20XX TED talk. (Lythcott-Haims is the author of How to Raise an Adult, and the former dean of freshman at Stanford University. You can read more about her advice in my free-ebook, How to Raise Successful Kids.) "The earlier you started, the better," Lythcott-Haims continued. (You can see her whole TED talk here.) "[A] roll-up-your-sleeves- and-pitch-in mindset, a mindset that says, there's some unpleasant work, someone's got to do it, it might as well be me ... that that's what gets you ahead in the workplace." (Read more.)

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