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How Important Is It to Make Your Children Do Chores?

From the Show: Healthy Children
Summary: By age 12, there are few household tasks a teenager should be expected to master.
Air Date: 7/16/14
Duration: 10
Host: Melanie Cole, MS
Guest Bio: Kathleen Berchelmann, MD
Berchelmann-012Kathleen Berchelmann, M.D., is a pediatrician at St. Louis Children’s Hospital, Assistant Professor of Pediatrics at Washington University School of Medicine, and an official spokesperson for the American Academy of Pediatrics. Kathleen is the co-founder and director of ChildrensMD, a blog written by five dynamic mom-pediatricians who share their true confessions of trying to apply science and medicine to motherhood. Kathleen and her husband are raising five children.

Dr. Berchelmann is a frequent contributor to health and parenting TV news segments including Fox New’s Happening Now, with Jenna Lee and Jon Scott, and St. Louis stations KTVI (Fox) and KSDK (NBC).

Her written work has been featured in print and online publications including the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, the Chicago Tribune, and TIME magazine. She has a weekly online question and answer forum on STLToday.com.
How Important Is It to Make Your Children Do Chores?
Getting children into the habit of pitching in around the home can begin as young as age two. That may sound young, but even something as simple as having them put away their toys when they’re done playing with them or helping put dishes in the dishwasher can create good habits for later on.

By age 12, there are few household tasks a teenager should be expected to master

Helping out at home teaches kids the importance of contributing to a team effort.

It also allows them to feel valued and competent, both of which enhance self-esteem.

In this segment of Healthy Children, Dr. Kathleen Berchelmann and Melanie Cole, MS, discuss how common chores can help in your child's development and which chores are appropriate for specific ages.
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