When kids starting doing chores...be afraid. Be VERY afraid.

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Scrubbing BubblesYesterday I saw what had to be the strangest thing I've ever seen in my parenting career: my nine-year-old daughter Neve taking out the trash. No one had asked her to do it; no one had even hinted it might be a good idea. A few moments later, I saw her putting a refill on our Scrubbing Bubbles Fresh Brush (the best invention since the Mr. Clean Magic Eraser).

That's when I knew something was up.

Sure enough, 15 minutes later my daughter bid me to "check your bedroom". There was our bed, perfectly made - and a sign reading "Check the toilet". On the scrubbed toilet was a sign reading, "Check the garbage". There I was greeted by a sign declaring, "Check the kitchen table". And at the kitchen table was Neve, holding a sign reading, "CAN WE GO TO CHUCK E. CHEESE? PLEEEEEEEAS???"

I have to say, I was let down. Here, I was holding out hope - however razor-thin - that my daughter had decided to become an autonomous agent within the household, doing chores out of pure goodness and not expecting anything in return. I thanked her profusely for her hard work...and then told her there was no way we were going to that overpriced noise-fest.

(And no, I didn't use those exact words. I am a professional parent, after all.)

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AdviceMama Says:
Start by teaching him that it is safe to do so.