Narrator: What age is appropriate to start a child on chores?
T. Berry Brazelton Pediatrician: Two...maybe before that, but certainly in the second year. Let 'em take paper plates and paper cups and airline forks and knives and spoons and set the table.
Narrator: Do you think parents coddle their children and don't give them as many chores as they used to? And do you see a detriment in that?
T. Berry Brazelton Pediatrician: I do think that parents are trying to protect their children now. Probably because they feel so stressed, they want to protect their children from stress.And I don't think it's possible. I think stress is a condition we all have to learn to live with.We saw it in New York, after 911 and learned a lot about how parents felt they couldn't ever promise their child a safe world any longer.And we're devastated by that realization. Well it's true. We cannot promise our kids a safe world. So what can we give them instead?We can give them resilience. We can give them a feeling of I know how to do things and I can do them. And those kids will be ready for what ever they have to face.