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A ‘Generationally Perpetuated’ Pattern: Daughters Do More Chores

Wow, another article that has my head spinning!

“A ‘Generationally Perpetuated’ Pattern: Daughters Do More Chores.”

So many things here that need to be called to your attention (top 5 listed below)

It’s the perfect time since the new school year is starting and presumably a new routine. Now is the time to make positive changes to set up your child for future success.

1) Girls spend 15 minutes more on chores each day than boys do (Girls spend 45 minutes, boys 30)

2) Girls’ chores tend to be more of the indoor work, like cooking, cleaning and laundry, while boys do the outside work like mowing the lawn and taking out the trash (following in the footsteps of adults)

3) Girls are more likely than boys to be paid for personal hygiene, like brushing teeth or taking a shower.

4) Girls get paid half of what boys get paid for chores.(on average, girls get paid $6.71 per week while boys get paid $13.80 (so the gap starts early!)

5) Interestingly, but not surprising, is that children who have college educated parents spend less time on chores overall. But daughters whose parents have a college education spend 25% less time on chores than daughters whose parents have a high school education.

My plee to parents:

– Please give your children equal responsibilities.
– And if you’re a college educated parent, give your children more responsibility and independence, especially if you have a daughter. We are not helping them by letting them do less.
– Don’t think about “boy” vs “girl: jobs.
– Consider the amount you’re willing to pay and be fair.

We would love to hear from you…
– What kinds of chores do you have your children do?
– How much allowance do you give them?
– What kinds of responsibilities do you give them?

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