With an increase in discussions about whether children from as young as two should be helping out round the house, End of Tenancy Cleaning London conducted a survey to find out how easy it is for parents to get their children – of varying age and gender – to complete different chores.
The chore parents find easiest to get their children to complete at home is feed pets, with 83% of participants agreeing so. Followed by put toys away (75%) and water plants (71%.)
The survey revealed tidy-up activities like hoover / sweep up crumbs (63%), pile books and magazines (60%) and wipe up spills (51%) to be in the ‘neutral zone’, with just a touch of encouragement needed from parents in
order for children to comply.
Things seem to get trickier when it comes to convincing kids to empty bins (20%), put dirty clothes in hampers (19%) and wash plastic dishes / cups at the sink, with just 15% of parents admitting this is an easy chore to get their children to complete.
However, nothing compares to asking little ones to make the bed! In fact, make bed was ranked last in the chores list, just 9% of respondents claimed their kids would complete this task with minimal fuss.
Many of the parents who participated in the survey said the most common argument against this chore is: kids “don’t see the point” in making up the bed, when it is going to get messy every night!