Does It Have to Be a Chore to Get My Daughter to Do Chores?

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How do I get my 7-year old daughter to stop trying to get out of chores? I have tried everything except spanking. I do not believe in physical punishment at all for any reason. Thanks. Signed, Wanting Help! Dear Wanting, ...
How do I get my 7-year old daughter to stop trying to get out of chores?

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