A study conducted by the Brown University has found out that habits formed in children by the time they reach 9 years old continue on until their high school years.
Their routines and habits, which include household chores and responsibilities, are unlikely to change after 9 years old; which also means that if a child is not used to these routines and habits, this will likely carry on.
“The research is eye-opening for many parents who hope their children will eventually take on more responsibility. The evidence is clear; it’s not happening without intervention,” said Dr. Robert Pressman, Director of Research for the New England Center for Pediatric Psychology and lead researcher on the Brown University study.
If parents want their children to have initiative when it comes to doing household chores or their school responsibilities, they must ingrain the habits they want their children to have as early as possible.
A book entitled The Learning Habit, co-authored by Dr. Pressman, asks why parents, in the first place, took on tasks and responsibilities that their own children could do, such as fixing their beds and preparing their school bag.
Parents who were asked this question answered that they were concerned their child was doing something incorrectly. “Other parents chose not to give a child additional responsibility because it wasn’t worth the hassle; the majority of the parents cited both reasons,” according to the book.
Sources: Feb. 26, 2015. "Study Finds Habits in Children Take Root by Age 9 -- Here's What That Means for Parents". huffingtonpost.com Feb. 26, 2015. "Study Finds Habits in Children Take Root by Age 9". psychologytoday.com