"Parents today want their kids spending time on things that can bring them success, but ironically, we’ve stopped doing one thing that’s actually been a proven predictor of success—and that’s household chores." - Richard Rende, a developmental psychologist in Paradise Valley, Ariz., and co-author of the forthcoming book "Raising Can-Do Kids."
If you excuse your child from doing chores at home because he has too much school work, then you may be sending the message that academic achievement is the most important thing in life.
By doing household chores, your child would know that he has skills that will help him live independently in the future. If he always produces stellar results, he may be just that: an academic achiever, nothing more. Given a household to run when he is older, he may fail miserably, and the desperate need to rely on someone else would become a slap in the face for him.