How to Assign Household Chores

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Assign children household chores based on age appropriateness and capabilities, and keep track of the chores with a chore chart. Avoid redoing chores that a child has done, as this makes the child feel inadequate, with advice from a clinical psychologist in this free video on parenting.

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Hello, I'm Dr. Deborah Wheeler. I am a clinical psychologist and the vice president of academic affairs at Argosy University. Today's topic I will be talking about how to assign chores to your children. There are several things you can do. One of them is of course to think of the age appropriateness of your children. Make sure you don't assign chores that are beyond their age abilities and capabilities. Secondly, you might want to have a chore chart where you can keep track of that. That's particularly helpful if you have several children or you're rotating through the chart chores. Make sure you assign things that they can complete and really as a parent you to avoid the desire to redo the work. If you see that they maybe missed a few crumbs when they were sweeping up, avoid at all costs going back and re-sweeping up the floor especially while you're there. You might want to tidy up a little bit later but avoid the desire to really redo what they've done. This tells the child that what they've done is not adequate or is not sufficient and they'll be less likely to help you in the future. I hope this has helped you, certainly if you'd like more information you can contact me at the Salt Lake campus at argosy.edu.

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