Household Tasks Are an Extended Family Affair
Around the world, families are helping each other out with household responsibilities like cleaning and childcare.
We learned this from research we conducted prior to the Covid-19 pandemic. Here’s what we know:
Kids actively contribute at home. Virtually all kids aged 6 to 12 (92%) say they help at home – a statement that is backed up by their parents, with 90% in agreement. According to kids, they contribute to their households by cleaning (63%), playing with other kids (54%), shopping (40%), and cooking (37%).
Some kids help out relatives, too – especially grandparents. 4 in 10 kids aged 6 to 12 help family members outside the home – especially grandparents (23%), aunts/uncles (11%), cousins (10%).
Parents commonly agree that kids in general are indulged too much, but fewer believe that’s true of their own children. Most parents (71%) feel that kids today are spoiled. However, only 41% believe this sentiment is true of their own kids.
Parents feel that kids have fewer household responsibilities than they did as children. Almost all parents (89%) say they did chores when they were children. But a smaller proportion (68%) say they assign chores to their kids.
Household help also comes from other relatives. Many families (59%) say their household receives help from family outside the home. The types of help they receive the most are babysitting (28%), playing with kids (21%), buying things for kids (20%), and drop-offs/pick-ups (17%).