Chore Wars®: Parents vs. Children - Survey Results

Chore Wars: The Next Generation – Cleaning Quiz

Dr. Michele Borba’s Tips for Avoiding a Chore War with the Next Generation

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Last year, CLR® pioneered research into “Chore Wars” at home – the natural and distinct differences in cleaning habits for men and women, and how they can put a strain on even the strongest of relationships.

Now, CLR is exploring the conflict between parents and their children with Chore Wars: The Next Generation. We surveyed parents AND their children to find out how their attitudes toward chores differ, how many families are locked into battle over cleaning duties, and what steps families can take to call a cease-fire for their own Chore Wars.

  • No matter who you are, everyone agrees that cleaning bathrooms is the worst!

    Cleaning the bathroom tops the list of chores both parents (49%) and kids (28%) dislike doing the most. Although, kids are twice as likely as parents to say that washing dishes is the chore that they dislike the most (27% vs. 12%).

  • And the MVP Cleaning Award goes to…Mom!

    On average, parents report spending 8.6 hours each week doing household chores while children report spending only 4.9 hours on chores weekly. Not surprisingly, mothers report spending significantly more time than fathers on household chores each week (9.9 hours vs. 7.0 hours).

  • Parents struggle to get children more involved in household chores.

    Three-quarters of parents (74%) report that their children rarely help with household chores unless they ask them to. In fact, a full half of parents (50%) admit they spend just as much time arguing with their children about chores as they spend doing them.

 

  • Kids admit that they aren’t as helpful as they could be around the house, but don’t want that to change.

    Six in ten kids (58%) admit they don’t typically help with chores unless their parents ask them to. In fact, many children believe that they shouldn’t have to do so many chores (37%) and will do just about anything to get out of doing them (45%).

  • Parents have devised various strategies to get children to pitch in.

    When it comes to getting children to help with household chores, the top strategy parents have tried is: “making it a condition of kids’ allowance” (parents, 53% vs. kids, 47%). Kids were more likely to report that parents have “taken away a valued possession” (41% vs. 27%) or “offered to buy them a gift or reward” (38% vs. 26%) as a strategy to getting them to help with chores. Kids were three times as likely as parents to say that parents “have used it as a form of punishment” (37% vs. 13%) to get them to do household chores.