Your Child’s Chores (1-21-15)

Today’s Parenting Tip:

DECIDE:        It is good for your child to do chores.

PRACTICE:   Today, think through whether your child is doing enough chores – or the right chores for his age and maturity.

Ask yourself these questions.

  • Is my child around the age that many children do this? Don’t base your answer on what older children in your family did or what you did as a child. Talk to other parents you trust who have dealt with this decision over the last ten years.
  • Does your child have the skills needed for the chores he is doing or that you are thinking about assigning him? Does he know the safety rules about the chores? Can he operate any needed equipment (trash cans, toy box, etc.)?

Based on your answers, decide whether it is time to change up his chores as you start a new year.

If so, assign the new chores. After a short while, review how things are going. Celebrate what he is doing well.

If things are not going well, think about what adjustments you need to make – different chore, assign only part of a task, make there be consequences for not doing the chore, etc.

Today’s Parenting Tip was inspired by our featured picture book, THE THINGS I CAN DO.  Read the book to a child in your life each day as a reminder of what you are deciding and practicing that day.

Come back each day for another good parenting decision and how to practice it. (Each day’s activity will also be posted on the Daily Parenting Tips page for easy access.)

Read the whole story at Kids Need to DO Things, Part 1.



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