Kids, chores and household responsibilities

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Kids, chores and household responsibilities

You know, every child should really participate in the care and upkeep of the place where they live, and that means that every kid really should have some chores. And kids as young as 2 can help you around the house. My 2 year olds, my kids when they were 2, they knew how to make up their beds. They knew how to pick up their toys. They knew that it was their responsibility to take their plate off their table and put it in the sink. They're not washing dishes and scrubbing floors, but at that age, there are some ways that they can participate in the care and upkeep of their home. And now my older daughter, she's 12, her chore is that she has to cook dinner one time a week. And she has to wash the dishes 2 times a week. And she has to make sure that the kitchen is clean in a very specific way. And that's not about me having a little slave. That's about me having a child who understands how to take care of her surroundings so when she leaves my house, she can go and live in her apartment, know how to wash her clothes, know how to cook herself a meal, and know how to take care of her home. That's about raising a human being. That's not about being unfair to your child or you falling down on your job because you decided to let your kids help around the house. So, yeah, every kid should have some chores. Absolutely.

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New York Times best-selling author Denene Millner is a hotly sought after award-winning journalist whose insightful and captivating pieces have secured her foothold in the entertainment, parenting and book publishing industries. Millner spent the last decade working as a columnist, contributing editor and blogger for Parenting, a national magazine for which she provided witty, engaging, mom-to-mom advice on ethics and etiquette in everything from childrearing and marriage to work and friendship. Currently, she also is the founder and editor of, a critically acclaimed, award-winning blog that examines parenting and motherhood through the multi-cultural experience. Millner frequently contributes as an entertainment writer for Essence, the most well-read and respected magazine for African American women, and has written for a plethora of national publications and prestigious websites, including Parenting, HealthEbony, JetHeart & SoulReal Health, Money, iVillage,, TodayMoms, and The Root, among others. Her extensive television experience includes regular appearances on the The Today Show, CBS Early ShowThe Nate Berkus Show, HLN, CNN, MSNBC, VH1, and the Rachel Ray show. Millner also is the author of 21 books. The former political reporter and entertainment journalist lives in the Atlanta area with her husband and their two daughters.

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