“Many hands make light Work”- John Heywood

When asked the characteristics of what hold a family together, most people would not put chores near the top part of their list. After growing up in a household that had many unspoken chores and responsibilities, little actions done by few allow for a smooth day. For chores to be successful, people are held responsible by their peers to do a task because they understand they are getting a small portion of the success of their task. If one link in the chain is not pulling their share, the structure is open to internal failure.

Within Floyd Yorgason’s journal article, his goal is to find a correlation between household chores and performance in school. Many may not believe so, but Yorgason is linking the work ethic involved with the physical household to the performance of interaction by children. Throughout Cheaper by the Dozen, the audience can experience what a regular morning in the Baker household is like. Every child has a different task to accomplish depending on importance and their age, having the older siblings cooking breakfast while the younger sorting laundry. Simple tasks like these are helpful to the parents while simultaneously teaching them independence, and how to accomplish simple tasks at a young age. Yorgason describes within his work how his study “demonstrate how household chores and work ethic affect school performance and family interaction” (Yorgason, pg. 12), meaning that chores effect more than just the family but simultaneously yourself. Because we are unable to see the effects on chores in the classroom, we must link chores to the increased family interactions that the Baker family has with each other. While it must be hard to corral all twelve children for family events, the audience is able to see numerous occasions of when the whole Baker family is together such as family meals in the morning and during the evening. Such rare occasions are usually the outcome of the various chores that the siblings had completed. Therefore, the responsibilities that they all possess, lead to an increase in family interaction and involvement.

The implementation of chores played a significant role in my upbringing as a child, which continues even when I’m home from college. When all my siblings are home, we all share in the responsibilities that my parents expect us to complete such as cutting the lawn, laundry, and helping prepare for meals. The responsibilities that must be taken care of are purely the oil the keeps the machine that is the household and family together working smoothly and efficiently.