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

A: 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 Kodak Brownie camera of me washing the kitchen floor of our small apartment on Church Street in Charleston, South Carolina. On the back of the photo, Mom had written a date indicating that I was 3 and a half years old at the time.

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