When Highlights magazine asked kids to participate in its 2009 State of the Kid survey, it didn’t expect any earth-shattering results. Which is why the response to the question about chores surprised them.
Although nearly 72% of child respondents said they had to chores, significantly more girls than boys reported chore duties: nearly 75% of girls compared with just 65% of boys.
“We were surprised by this gender difference in responses,” said Highlights magazine’s Editor in Chief Christine French Clark in a press statement. “But Highlights receives and responds to more than 60,000 letters and e-mails from kids every year, and one of the things we know they often worry about is sibling conflict and fairness.”
The survey also found that 23% of kids rank schoolwork and tests as their biggest problem. Overall, kids wanted more time to play, with 36% saying they’d use an extra hour in the day to play (although kids ages 9-12 said they’d probably sleep—and ranked lack of sleep as one of their biggest problems).
Three out of four children reported being able to spend enough time with their families, although 25% said they’d like even more time. Interestingly, more kids ages 9-12 reported wanting more time with Mom and Dad than younger children.
On a high note, when asked whether it was harder to be a kid today then when their parents were little, 67% of kids said, nope—it’s better to be a kid today!
Complete results of the survey are available at Highlights.com