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Youngsters who do the dishes or tidy are better at maths and science, with greater self-confidence helping them to become more sociable and happier, researchers say.
But children who rarely help out around the house are up to 30 per cent more likely to be dissatisfied with life, according to the paediatricians who studied almost 10,000 primary school-age pupils.
Experts - Chores - Children - Self-confidence - Career
The experts believe doing chores helps children to develop the self-confidence which drives academic, social, and career success.
‘It is reassuring to find that traditional parenting practices, such as enforcing household chores, is associated with positive child development,’ said Dr Elizabeth White, who led the research.
Team - Children - Age - Results - Reading
Her team quizzed 9,971 children around the age of nine and compared academic results – including reading, maths and science – and levels of competence with the number of chores they carried out at home.
The results show...
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