Choosing the Right Chores for Kids

  • Cooking: Learning a few basic cooking recipes to cook alone
  • Laundry: Completely doing own laundry
  • Bathroom: Cleaning their shower, toilet, tub (My kids' roommates have thanked me)
  • Car care: When she gets that license make her responsible for maintaining car appearance washing exterior, cleaning windows, filling it with gas, even taking in for service

It's never too early for your child to help out with the household chores. (Okay, do wait until your child is at least out of diapers and can talk). But the fact is the sooner you begin chores, the easier it is be to nurture your child's responsibility muscle. Remember to choose tasks that match your child's abilities, show your child exactly what you expect, and finally stand back. The real mommy secret is this: Don't do any task your child can do alone. Kids needs to see themselves as responsible family contributors.

Michele Borba, Ed.D. is a mom of three, a former teacher, and renowned educational consultant who has presented workshops to one million parents and teachers worldwide. Dr. Borba is the author of 12 Simple Secrets Real Moms Know: Getting Back to Basics and Raising Happy Kids. She is a frequent guest on Today, The Early Show, The View, and Fox & Friends. She is also the award-winning author of over 20 books including Parents Do Make a Difference, Don't Give Me That Attitude!, No More Misbehavin', and Nobody Likes Me, Everybody Hates Me. Dr. Borba is an advisory board member for Parents.

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