The Surprising Secret to Raising Successful Children

How chores might be more important than extracurricular activities.
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Time for the heat index. The story burning up the wall Street journal's website. The key to raising successful kids could be to make sure they help out around the house. Linsey Davis with the detail. If getting your children to help with chores is tough, you're not alone. Girls, get down here. There's a lot of work to do. She's in a mood. You know what I have to do, right? I cannot take the fighting. Get out of the house. Works every time. A recent survey found that 82% of parents did chores growing up but only 28% require their kids to help out around the house. One reason for the shift -- Okay. Lilly, ballet at 11:00 and play date and karate class at 3:00. An emphasis on extracurricular activity may have caused making the beds to fall by the wayside. But chores are one of the most important predictors of success. Don't give up. Even when your kids fight back like the Johnson's on ABC's "Blackish". You're all getting jobs. What? I have seen what bad parents can do. I'm not going to let that happen. Besides, I can't afford rehab. That's right. You get a job. You get a job. You get a job. Everybody gets a job! Now, one study found that young adults who began as young as 4 years old were likely to have good relationships, excel in academics and be successful. At 3, my husband and I just had this conversation. Apparently -- To what? Don't get him started. Amy started. Goodmorningamerica.com on Yahoo. 98% said you would give your kids chores. Joining us now is parenting expert. This makes a lot of sense. These day we're parenting a whole new level of intensity. Kids are overscheduled. What gets lost is the chores around the house and we're paying the price for that. When it comes to household duties and then later on when they're adults they can't take care of themselves and that's what they need to help others like their spouse or roommates. Was there anything that jumped out in particular when looking at the study? Yeah. It's just that, you know, we're doing our kids a disservice, we should be making them do things. We have a lot of guilt because we want them to have fun and piling on activities. We should be making sure that they have a sense of responsibility and take care of themselves as well as others in their life. It doesn't take that much time. I saw part of the reason parents didn't do it is because kids were overscheduled. But it takes two minutes to make your bed and five minutes to take out trash. Not a lot of time. Make it second-nature. Make a part of their day. Every day after you finish your home work feed the dog and make it positive. If you're kplcomplaining about cleaning the bathroom your kids will too. Make sure they know they're needed and being helpful. Can we do a poll here. We didn't call it chores. Oh, yeah. You're apparently not supposed to. Don't be monetary value. That kind of have to want to do it. That's hard for an 8-year-old who doesn't want to take out the trash but in the long run it pays off. And do it even if you don't want to do it. Yeah. Appreciate that very much.

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