Chores and Children: 7 Tips to Put the Two Together

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Start Young

If you wait until your child is old enough to “really help,” you may miss a crucial window. “As soon as a child can carry his own cup or plate, he is old enough to be asked to help,” says social psychologist Susan Newman, Ph.D. That might mean helping you unload the spoons from the dishwasher, tear lettuce for a salad or set the table. The best part is that very young children actually enjoy helping.