I have been laughing my little butt off for the last few days. I was talking to my sister in law on the video phone and a topic of Chores came up. I told her that both my 3 year old and 4 year old have chores everyday after school. My son has to do: Feed the dogs Feed the donkey (with daddy), He has a little wagon that hubby put a bucket in and son has to scoop feed from the Trash can (used to hold the feed) to the bucket then go to the donkey's pen and daddy will help him dump it into the feed bin. He does it by himself but Daddy just there to help when needed. Trash Duty, with daddy's help, he takes the trash to the trash trailor. and he knows that he has to put his dishes in the dishwasher after dinner. My daughter does: help take the last load of laundry off the line Straighten up livingroom, help Mommy sweep livingroom Helps with dishes after dinner (rinse and put dishes in dishwasher) Well my sister in law said that it's TOO much work for a 3 year old and a 4 year old to do. She said that is not CHORES, that's CHILD LABOR. I asked her what her kids do (6 years old and 3 years old) she said only thing they do is pick up their toys before bed. Im still laughing at her. I told her that there is alot of skills that the kids at a young age need to learn to accomplish and having chores helps teach them the needs to know of later in life. AND, the busier you keep them, the better behavior they have! My kids even make their own bed in the morning, which her kids don't know how to do. Im not saying her parenting is wrong, that's how she wants to do it, that's fine.