Research shows household chores can make kids smarter

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According to new research from La Trobe University, children can improve their brains by cooking, gardening and cleaning around the house.

Unfortunately for kids, these tasks can’t be done by their Sims character alone.

According to lead researcher Deanna Tepper, the study findings imply that chore-like activities may be helpful for children’s executive functioning.

Regular household chores like cooking and caring for plants were linked to greater planning, self-regulation and memorization of instructions in a study of 207 Victorian children.

“Parents may be able to use age- and ability-appropriate tasks to facilitate the development of executive functions,” Ms. Tepper said.

Its findings, which were collected from children aged five to 13 in mid-2020, show that 86% of young people put their laundry in a basket and clean up after them, but only 59% make their own bed and only 26 % sort the laundry. .

The study also revealed that only 49% of boys and 70% of girls make their own bed. The results showed that overall, girls do more chores than boys.

Fifty-five percent of children, 50 percent boys and 61 percent girls, load the dishwasher.

Deanna Tepper says, “Children who cook a family meal or weed the garden regularly may be more likely to excel in other aspects of life, such as schoolwork or problem solving.

“Typically, these skills begin to develop in early childhood and continue to develop through late adolescence and early adulthood.”

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