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The chore conundrum in my house

My daughter wants to be helpful around the house. I, however, want to get chores done as quickly as possible.

On Sunday, for instance, I chopped carrots at the kitchen counter for a batch of stew while my daughter stood there watching, asking if there was something she could do to help.

"Not now," I said. "Maybe when you're older."

But she could've helped. She could've added the broth, stirred the stew, washed the dishes I used for preparation, and a handful of other things.

Instead, I did it all because it's easier than showing her the way to do them.

Do all moms feel this way? If my own mom did, she never let it stop her from putting me and my siblings to work. My older sister and I were able to cook dinner for the whole family by the time we were 10 years old, so surely my mom had us helping out in the kitchen in some capacity by the time we were 7.

One of my friends who has a daughter a few years older than I am once told me she did everything …

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