(HealthDay News) — Daily chores give a child a sense of responsibility and help the child understand that life is a mix of work and play, the American Academy of Pediatrics says.

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Chores should be appropriate for the child’s age, such as cleaning the room, making the bed and clearing the table, the physician group says.

The AAP suggests:

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  • Clearly spell out tasks that you expect your child to do. Star charts or chore to-do lists may be helpful.
  • Introduce one chore at a time.
  • Praise your child, or consider a small allowance or sticker chart to show success.
  • Have family meetings to discuss and assess your child’s progress.

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