Your 8-year-old: Ready for chores

Your 8-year-old: Ready for chores

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Your 8-year-old now

Harness your child's impressive energy and desire to please by involving her in household chores. What can an 8-year-old do? Plenty:

  • Feed and water a pet.
  • Make a bed.
  • Keep her room tidy.
  • Pick up toys.
  • Set the table.
  • Clear the table.
  • Fold towels and sort laundry.
  • Water plants.
  • Use dustpan and broom to clean spills.
  • Weed the garden.
  • Empty small garbage pails.
  • Pour milk.
  • Pack her own lunch box (possibly with help).

Your life now

Are you an unwitting subscriber to "champ think"? That's the common mind-set shared by many parents that early involvement in competitive sports will give a child a leg up on peers and set her on the path to elite-athlete status.

Physicians and physical therapists consider it more important to expose a child of this age to a variety of activities than to focus on one specific sport. If she plays a single sport excessively, she risks overuse injuries in her still-growing body. Plus, she may burn out on it. That's why youth sports experts generally advise that 8-year-olds not be involved in more than one league at a time and not play a single sport year-round, no matter how physically gifted they appear to be.

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