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9 Surprising Ways You Might Be Over-Parenting Your Child

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Little kids helping with housework

Cleaning Up His Messes


Your child lives in your home, and should play a part in keeping it clean and tidy. Children as young as two can put their toys away with helpful instruction and, by the time they are preschool-aged, should know that they are responsible for putting toys away on their own.

As your child get older, he should be responsible for more age-appropriate household tasks, such as doing laundry, helping to clean, and other basic chores. Learning to be responsible and self-sufficient, and taking pride in his environment, is an important lesson that your child will carry with him when he leaves home.

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