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How chores can teach your kids valuable life lessons

Posted at 11:48 AM, Jul 16, 2020
and last updated 2020-07-16 14:48:56-04

As homes have become school for millions of children, parents across the country are caring for families in new ways. With the extra time at home comes extra time to involve kids in the day-to-day chore responsibilities, such as cooking, cleaning and washing. While these chores may seem tedious and insignificant, they actually open doors to a multitude of developmental benefits to help prepare children for a more thriving adulthood, as well as serve as an impactful expression of care that plays a fundamental role in shaping the people we love.

To learn why today’s parents are struggling to engage their children in household chores, Whirlpool enlisted the help of developmental psychologist and child development expert Richard Rende, Ph.D., to examine the positive effects of chores and to better understand how chores can help families thrive. Dr. Rende’s research paper – “Chores: Why They Matter, How to Engage Children, and Developmental Benefits” – articulates key reasons why household chores should be integrated into the daily home life of youth. And what better time to divide and conquer on family chores than when they are piling up more than ever.

MORE ABOUT BROOKE PARKHURST:
Brooke is a writer, cook, culinary instructor and mother. She is the author of, Belle in the Big Apple (Scribner 08’), a novel about a small a small-town Southern girl who moves to New York City in search of a career— and a good meal. It was this love for (or obsession with?!) great food and beautiful cookbooks that led Brooke to co-author, with James, Just Married & Cooking (Scribner 11’) and the forthcoming, The Flavor Matrix (HMH 18’). Through her series of Couples Cooking classes at the Institute of Culinary Education, Brooke developed into a culinary and entertaining expert with appearances on and writing gigs for: NBC Today Show; The Dr Oz Show, CBS New York, Fox & Friends, People.com, Redbook.com and WomensDay.com. Brooke also penned the online food column, Full Plate (think Carrie Bradshaw-cum-June Cleaver), for the New York Daily News and hosted the ABC digital food series, Eat & Greet. She also served as the lifestyle/cooking correspondent for Conde Nast’s debut web network. When Brooke is not instructing adults on how to slice and sear, she’s teaching her 8-year-old daughter, Parker, proper table manners and her 2 year-old son, August, how to use chopsticks. James and Brooke will soon open their first restaurant inspired by their home on the Gulf Coast and travels through Italy. Angelena’s Ristorante Italiano is set to open in late 2018 in Pensacola, FL.

ABOUT WHIRLPOOL BRAND:
For more than one hundred years, Whirlpool brand has been inspired by how people care for their families. Whirlpool brand is designing home appliances that are focused on improving how families give and get the care they need with the latest technologies and innovations – whether that means allowing families to skip steps during their laundry routine with the Load & Go™ dispenser or control mealtime from wherever they are with voice control and remote capabilities. Whirlpool brand is part of Whirlpool Corporation, the world's leading manufacturer of major home appliances. For more information on Whirlpool brand, please visit whirlpool.com/everydaycare [whirlpool.com] or find us on Facebook at facebook.com/whirlpoolusa [facebook.com] or Twitter at @WhirlpoolUSA [twitter.com]. Additional information about the company can be found at whirlpoolcorp.com [whirlpoolcorp.com]