Gone are the days when kids earned their allowance by doing some household chores. As a study conducted by Whirlpool Canada  found out 59 per cent of Canadian respondents said children today spend less time doing chores around the house compared to when they were kids. So why is this happening? Is it because parents are doing all the housework? It might be possible that a lot of families hire cleaning services and the kids don’t have to clean their own rooms. Whatever is the cause of kids doing less chores, this ‘chore gap’ could influence their future development.

About the Whirlpool Canada Survey

The national online survey had 1,748 Canadian adults participate between January 27th and February 1st, 2016. The Final results were based on the 2011 Census according to age, gender, and region in order to present an accurate sample of the Canadian population.

The Whirlpool Canada Results

The Whirlpool Canada results are very interesting when it comes to what age kids should be assigned chores. Check out the findings:

  • 89 per cent feel parents need to show their kids they do chores, if they expect their kids to follow suite.
  • 59 per cent feel it is most appropriate to start assigning children household chores between 5 to 8 years old, while 27 per cent feel of 9 to 11 years old is the best time to start assigning chores.
  • 20 per cent of parents with children at home do all of the household chores themselves.
  • 3 in 5 Canadians say children spend less time on chores compared to when they were kids.
  • 79 per cent feel children who are raised without doing chores are more likely to grow up with a sense of entitlement.

What do you think about the results? I know when I was a kid, I had to clean my room every weekend and take out the garbage in order to get my allowance. Did you have to do household chores growing up? There’s more to come, as Whirlpool Canada will continue to share more results of the survey on social media in the near future.

Tell Us What You Think About Kids Doing Less Household Chores

You are all invited to join the conversation by posting your comments below or on Twitter with the hashtag #EveryDayCare. Answer these questions: Do you assign your kids chores around the house? Why or why not? What age do you think kids should start doing household chores? Please do tell us your experiences about chores, we’d love to hear from you.