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Should I reward my child for doing chores?

The goal is to raise your child to have a sense of accomplishment without needing the reinforcement of praise or reward. It’s fine to have chore charts for young children and stick gold stars on the charts when the chores are finished. But as children get older, it will be up to you to foster a love of accomplishment and sense of pride simply in doing what’s expected and what’s right. Getting this balance of loving your praise and feeling proud of oneself will probably be a continuing challenge as your children grow.

From Good Kids, Bad Habits: The RealAge Guide to Raising Healthy Children by Jennifer Trachtenberg.

Good Kids, Bad Habits: The RealAge Guide to Raising Healthy Children

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