Chores and Children: 7 Tips to Put the Two Together

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Take Over Only if Necessary

It can be tempting to offer to do your child’s chores for her before a big test or during a very stressful time in her life. Newman suggests using this as a negotiating tool: “I’m doing your job this time, but next time I expect you to plan ahead,” or, “I’ll wash the dishes tonight, but I expect you to help me with the garden over the weekend.” Don’t do this too often, or your child may start to take advantage of your kindness.