Another Point on Talent

One other interesting thing the Talented Teen brought up was that the authors discovered in their study that "average adolescents appeared to do chores around the house twice as often as the talented." The same spread also described how many had jobs outside the house.

So I'm torn. Part of me can see, yeah, if a kid is really talented, then maybe they should spend relatively more time pursuing their talent rather than doing menial labor. The other part thinks "Put down your #$&!ing accordion and bring out the @#$*!ing trash!" My big question is why should these things be mutually exclusive? Ideally, there should be time for pursuit of talent, and for the work that it takes to be self-supported or part of a family. I can't imagine that talented kids are better off for being let off the hook on these things.

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