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Child development experts agree that giving children a steady job of household chores actually builds self esteem and develops a sense of responsibility. It also gives them good attitudes about work and a sense of belonging.

Robyn's Nest suggests following to get started:

1) Choose age appropriate chores (see below)

2) Show your child how to do the job.

3) Help them get started by working along with your child until they are old enough to handle the job themselves.

4) Be specific and give one direction at a time.

5) Use a chart with words and pictures for younger kids. Place fun stickers to mark accomplishments.

6) Praise! Praise! Praise! Even if the job were not done the way you would have done it. What's important here is pride in ones effort.

7) Be consistent. Stick with it.

Chore AGE 2 AGE 3 AGE 4 AGE 5 AGE 6
USE POTTY
WASH HANDS
BRUSH TEETH
WATER GARDEN
PICK UP TOYS  
FEED PET  
MAKE BED    
SET TABLE    
CLEAN ROOM      

Note: The above are suggestions. Some children may be able to do these at earlier or later ages.

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