John Rosemond: Understanding the right tasks for the right ages | Community


Question: In some of your books as well as in your newspaper column, you wrote that children as young as 3 years old should do daily household chores. Exactly what chores are reasonable for this age child?

Answer: First, a personal anecdote: My mother kept a scrapbook from my early years that contained photos, notes, and other memories. Scrolling through it one day, I found a photo she had taken with her Brownie camera of me washing the kitchen floor in our small apartment on Church Street in Charleston, SC On the back of the photo, Mom had written a date indicating that I was 3 years and 6 months old at the time.

John Rosemond is a family psychologist and author of 18 bestselling books on parenting and family issues. His nationally syndicated column, one of the longest running lifestyle columns in the industry (since 1976), appears in over 200 newspapers nationally. His website is and


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