Mums do cleaning rather than ask teens

Mums find it easier to do cleaning themselves than ask their teens to do it.

Mums find it easier to do cleaning themselves than ask their teens to do it.
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A national Newspoll survey commissioned by cleaning brand VIVA has revealed that 70 per cent of mums find it easier to do the cleaning in their home rather than having to ask their teenagers to help out.

When almost a third of mums said that people not cleaning up after themselves is the quality they dislike the most in those they work or interact with socially, does it mean we are sending our teenagers out into the world lacking a serious life skill?

Leading social demographer Bernard Salt, commenting on the results, said, “The bottom line is that parents think their kids should learn cleaning skills but they just can’t quite bring themselves to teach or enforce the share-the-cleaning principle.”

Below are the results of the VIVA Share the Cleaning Survey. At the Kids Are All Right, we are taking part in a 30 Day Challenge to get our kids cleaning more. Read more about that here.

Cleaning as an important life skill

  • 96% of mums say it is important to them that their teenager develops good household cleaning skills.  This includes 45% who say it is very important
  • 28% mums say people not cleaning up after themselves is the quality they dislike the most in those they work or interact with socially (from a choice of sloppy appearance, tardiness, not cleaning up after themselves, talking too much and swearing)

Mums’ attitude to teens and cleaning

  • In total, 74% of mums say their teenager is extremely, very or somewhat lazy
  • 65% of mums say their teenager is more lazy than they were at the same age while only 7% of Mums say they were more lazy than their teenager is
  • 70% of mums say they find it easier to do a household chore themselves rather than nag their teenager to help out
  • 37% of mums say their teenager does such a bad job when cleaning that they would rather do it themselves
  • On average teenagers need to be asked three times to do a chore before they do it
  • 49% of teenagers were aged between six and 10 when they started doing household chores
  • 33% of teenagers were aged between 11 and 15 when they started doing household chores
  • 40% of Mums say they are concerned that some cleaning products are not safe for their teenager to use when cleaning

Teens and chores of choice

  • 68% of teens prefer to make their bed, while 82% prefer to tidy their room and 63% prefer to pack away the dishes
  • 37% of teenagers are least likely to clean the bathroom (from a choice of make the bed, tidy bedroom, clean the bathroom, clean the kitchen, pack away the dishes, vacuum the house, hang out the washing, take out the bins for council pick-up)
  • 22% of teenagers are most likely to tidy their bedroom (from a choice of make the bed, tidy bedroom, clean the bathroom, clean the kitchen, pack away the dishes, vacuum the house, hang out the washing, take out the bins for council pick-up)

Time spent on household chores

  • On average, mums spend around 14 and a half hours per week doing household chores
  • On average, teenagers aged 13-19 spend around one and a half hours per week doing household chores

ON THE FORUM: VIVA Share the Cleaning survey and challenge

 

Comments

  1. I’ve just started more formal chores for my six year twins. Their teenage brother was lazy and it caused no end of fights asking him to pitch in when he lived at home. My hub preferred to just do it himself. I nagged .
    It was stressful and he (teen) knew how to press my buttons by not moving and not doing it right.

    My sixes are quite happy to help and do it voluntarily looking at the list (alternative jobs / alternative days) and informing me or their twin their job…. So far wiping plastic dishes/ containers, empty kitchen bin., set table and help feed animals . it takes a bit of extra time right now but I hope we can instil some sense of teamwork into them regards housework.

    • That is brilliant Trish – off to a much better start by the sounds of it. I once heard the eldest child referred to once as the “guinea pig child” – it made me laugh, as it’s so true. You work out everything you did wrong so you don’t repeat it next time.

  2. The first thing that pops into my head reading all those stats is never mind the teens having to be asked 3 times to do things, *I* need multiple prompts to get things done!
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    • Me too Mimbles, me too. I find a hastily organised dinner party is just the trick needed to get a house cleaned in under an hour.

  3. Just a thought, I’m a person who hates being bossed about, and so is one of my teens. He has two jobs that are his – cat litter trays and putting bins out. When I need him to do something else I tend to offer a choice: “Would you like to empty the dishwasher or hang out the washing?”

    Not really a choice, is it? But he feels he has some control. Sometimes his job is to mind the little ones whilst I do the work, and that works fine for me too.

    • Thekids says:

      Seana I think this is spot on. Another option to give them some control is letting your teen know what jobs you want done by the end of the week, and let them work out the best time for them to do it (even if it is at the last minute!)

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