The Importance of Chores for Kids

With school out and we are all home with our kids for an undetermined period of time, let’s talk about chores and kids. Why do kids need to have chores to do around the house? There is good evidence that doing chores helps build self-confidence and is associated with decreased anxiety, depression and stress symptoms in children. Chores are work, and kids need to know how to work hard and how to persist at hard work. Working hard at something; chores, learning an instrument, school work, develops grit. Participating in chores also sends a clear message to kids that they need to contribute and they are a valued member of the family. If the parent is the only one doing the household work, kids may think of their parent as their servant and we definitely do not want that!

“Chores are work, and kids need to know how to work hard and how to persist at hard work.”

Dr. Janet Casey

The complexity and difficulty of chores should be based on the age of the child. For example, a child as young as 4 can help clear their plate and cup from the table after eating. A 5-year-old can wipe down the kitchen counters and table after a meal or sort laundry into colors (a great learning game as well). An 8-year-old can sweep the floor, make their bed or vacuum their room. With any new chore, it is important to show your child how to do the task and be available if there are questions or problems. Assistance in understanding how to do the chore is ok but you don’t want to get suckered into doing the work for your child. You also must resist the temptation to redo the work your child has done.

There are no specific guidelines for how many chores or how long a child should spend doing daily chores; however, a good rule of thumb is to expect a child 10 and under to spend 10-20 minutes a day and 20-30 minutes a day for teenagers. Longer tasks such as lawn mowing would be expected to be done on the weekends. Having rules such as chores before TV, video games or play time is a very good idea. As always, when there is a rule, stick to it as you are the boss.

Should you pay your child for doing chores? Payment for more difficult tasks or tasks that are not usual chores is a great way to help your child learn how to manage money.

Here is a list of tasks broken down by age:

Kids age 3-4 can:

  • Pick up toys
  • Set the table (not heavy or sharp objects)
  • Pick up the play room
  • Put clothes in the hamper
  • Pick up toys

Kids age 4-6 can:

  • Make their bed
  • Clear their dishes from the table
  • Empty trash cans
  • Clean their room
  • Sort laundry by colors

Kids age 7-9 can:

  • Vacuum or sweep the floor
  • Wipe down kitchen counters or tables
  • Load and start the washing machine and dryer
  • Load the dishwasher
  • Help with some cooking
  • Pack their lunch

Kids age 10-12 can:

  • Do simple yard work
  • Prepare a simple meal
  • Clean bathrooms
  • Wash windows
  • Fold laundry

Teenagers are capable of doing nearly anything around the house. Remember teens, and pre-teens for that matter, are capable of navigating the internet, video games or anything electronic without any difficulty so they can do some fairly complex chores around the house!

Brainstorm with your kids to develop a list of chores and post it in a visible location. Hold your kids accountable for their work and thank them for their contribution to the smooth running of the family.

Remember, when your kids are grown up, they will thank you for this; I promise!

Legacy Pediatrics COVID 19 Update 3/27/2020

We are nearly 2 weeks into the changes implemented due to the COVID19 epidemic and want to update everyone on the office and how we are managing our patients’ visits. Walk-in hours continue to be on hold indefinitely and all visits require a phone call to schedule. Well child checks that are considered “essential” continue for newborns, 1, 2, 4, 6, 9, 12, 15, 18 and 24 month-old’s in the morning.  All other ages who are due for a physical exam, are on hold for now. 

For well child checks, we are doing a combination of a brief in office visit for height/weight, vital signs, physical exam, and immunizations along with a telemedicine visit at home for the “talking” part of the physical. It has been so fun to see the kids in their “natural environments” and be able to assess development while they are in their homes.

We are doing telemedicine visits for all sick visits and bringing a small number of kids into the office after 3:00 if a hands-on exam is needed. All consultations and medication visits are occurring as telemedicine visits. We are very lucky to have had telemedicine visits well established at Legacy Pediatrics prior to the needed changes for the COVID-19 pandemic.

The kids have been out of school for about 2 weeks now, and we are continuing to see more and more kids with fevers. At this point, as the number of cases of COVID19 skyrockets in Monroe and surrounding counties, we have to assume any fever illness is COVID19 and requires the ill person to stay in isolation from family members until all symptoms are resolved for at least 7 days AND 3 days after the last symptom resolves. If one person is ill in the home, everyone else in the home must then quarantine for 14 days to determine if anyone else becomes ill. These are the CDC and Health Departments’ guidelines. We implore our families to stay home; keep your kids at home, play dates and outings with friends is spreading the infection which will lead to our hospitals being overwhelmed with patients.

Everyone has a role to play and a responsibility to do what is best for the community. Thank you so much for your help and partnership as we navigate this difficult time.

Introducing access to the Patient Portal!

Legacy Pediatrics is excited to start giving parents and patients electronic access to their information. Here, you will be able to electronically request routine appointments, ask questions, request refills, get copies of school forms, etc. If you have not set up your child’s patient portal yet, please call our office (585-568-8330) during normal business hours to be guided on how to do it. We also can give you an instructional letter in person at your next appointment. Please note – if your child is 16 years of age or older, we will ask that they set up their own patient portal. This is a great way to encourage teenagers to start taking ownership of their own health, and also a way to keep things confidential and protect our patient-provider relationship with your child.

Watch a video to see what it’s all about

Legacy Partners with Rochester Clinical Research to Advance Pediatric Medicine

Rochester Clinical Research (RCR), the area’s premier clinical research facility, has inked one of its first pediatric site affiliations with Legacy Pediatrics. This new partnership will help deliver additional care options to Rochester families while advancing new medical treatments and improving the quality of life for children everywhere.

Until this year the majority of clinical studies carried out at RCR looked at new treatments for adult ailments such as migraines, joint pain, and obesity. Unlike studies that seek patients diagnosed with certain medical ailments, RCR also participates in a number of “healthy volunteer” trials to study the efficacy of vaccines.

Dr. Janet Casey, the managing physician at Legacy Pediatrics, has always had a strong desire to advance the body of knowledge on best practices in pediatric populations. Dr. Casey spent a number of years as a pediatric oncologist practicing at Duke University. Upon landing in Rochester she entered the general pediatrics field and continued her interest in research that was borne out of her work treating childhood cancer. Over the past ten years Legacy has taken part in many pediatric research studies including vaccine development and the diagnosis and treatment of acute otitis media – ear infections.

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How To Support Our Kids After A School Shooting

Father Son Talk about Shooting

In the wake of yesterday’s school shooting, my heart breaks for the victims and their families of the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Florida, the most recent victims of gun violence.  Like many of you, I find myself drawn to the constant news updates online, even as someone who routinely avoids the daily news.  As I continue to try to process this horrific act, my thoughts naturally shift toward my own children, who are elementary school-age.  This is sadly one of many school shootings in their lifetime.   As many experts have said, it’s wishful thinking that our children don’t know that these events occur.  We live in a digital age which allows us to go online and watch live feeds of events AS THEY HAPPEN.  Even if your children are not on social media or are not tech savvy, their friends and friend’s parents likely are and will certainly be talking about it. While we try to shield our kids from the media as much as possible, this event is likely to be the buzz of bus rides and lunchrooms all over the country.  I wonder how much my own kids will hear.   Continue reading

Let’s Talk About Sex, Baby

Yup, we are going there. A subject that makes a lot of parents (and their teenagers, too!) squirm. But, it’s a fact of life, and you should be talking to them about it. Because like it or not, there’s information everywhere. Good AND bad. And just like we talked to them about staying away from strangers, it’s our job as parents, to give them the right information so they can make the right decisions when it comes to sex. So, let’s delve into it.

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Norovirus Infection – The Stomach Flu


What is Norovirus?

Norovirus is the name for a group of viruses which cause acute gastroenteritis, aka “The Stomach Flu”. According to the CDC, Norovirus causes between 19-21 MILLION cases of the illness each year in the US and is the #1 cause of vomiting and diarrheal illness in the US. Anyone can contract the illness and unfortunately a person can become ill with the same virus more than once and up to 5 times in a lifetime. Cooler months are the peak time for Norovirus infections. Norovirus is not Influenza; influenza is a respiratory illness and Norovirus is a stomach and intestinal illness. The flu vaccine does not prevent this illness.


The illness typically begins with acute onset of nausea and vomiting with diarrhea following soon afterward. The vomiting phase of the illness typically lasts 12-24 hours with frequent, up to every 20-30 minutes, of vomiting. Some people can have just diarrhea, while others will be hit with many symptoms. Below is a table of common symptoms of Norovirus infections:


Norovirus is HIGHLY CONTAGIOUS!!! A sick individual can shed BILLIONS of viral particles while ill. Unfortunately, it can take as little as 18 viral particles to infect someone!!!

Someone ill with Norovirus is contagious from the moment they start to feel ill up to 3 days following the onset of illness. Some people can shed the virus for up to 2 weeks following the illness but it is not clear if they remain contagious the entire time.

The virus is found in vomit and stool and spreads very easily from hand to mouth. You can contract the illness from:

  • Eating contaminated food
  • Touching surfaces or objects with the virus on them
  • Direct contact with a sick person.

The time from exposure to onset of illness, incubation period, is 12-48 hours!


There are no vaccines or medications to treat the illness so treatment is supportive while your immune system fights off the illness.

While ill, it is important to drink small quantities, about 1/2 oz, of clear fluid like Pedialyte, low calorie sports drink, oral rehydration fluid or clear juice frequently. Popsicles are an easy way to take in small amounts of fluid over time. Keep drinking small amounts even though the vomiting continues as there is absorption of the fluids which will prevent dehydration. Once the vomiting has resolved, slow advancement of the diet to soft foods is ok.

What not to do while still vomiting:

  • Drink a lot of fluid at once
  • Stop drinking
  • Eat food
  • Leave the house

When to bring your child to the doctor

Bring your child to the doctor if your child has been vomiting for more than 24 hours and is refusing to drink liquids, is too listless to drink or has not urinated at least twice in 24 hours. Please do not bring your child to the doctor when the vomiting starts as the virus can easily spread to many others. Call us if you have questions – our nurses would be happy to talk with you to see if it is appropriate to come into the office or stay home.


Preventing exposure is critical to both prevention and containment of the illness. The most important preventive measure is GOOD HAND HYGIENE!

Here are some prevention tips:

  • Wash your hands with hot/warm water and soap. Be meticulous with getting all  parts of you hands and fingers.
  • Alcohol based sanitizers are ok if soap and water are not available but they do  not eliminate Norovirus from your hands.
  • Do not prepare food when ill.
  • Clean and disinfect surfaces using a bleach-based cleaner. If you don’t have a bleach cleaner, make your own with 1 1/2 cup bleach in 1 gallon of water.
  • Wash all contaminated clothes and linens immediately. Handle them carefully and use rubber gloves if available. Use the maximum available cycle length and at least hot water cycle if you can.



20/20 Hindsight

Welcome Spring!  After a long and crazy Rochester winter it is always such a treat to see the flowers bloom and the lilac bushes emerge in Highland Park.  The promise of new life is the happy hallmark of spring.  At Legacy Pediatrics, we have been truly blessed with the birth of many new babies that have joined our Legacy family in the last month or so. Dear families, please know that it is our greatest honor to care for your children and accompany you on this amazing journey that is parenthood.

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Putting Play back into Fitness

When I think back to my childhood, I immediately think about all the time I spent outside exploring the world around me. I remember the walks I would take, the trees I would climb, and the playgrounds I frequented. My favorite was this massive wooden playground that was more fortress to my young eyes than a playground. It had giant turrets, walls and ramps, caves and tunnels…everything! I remember playing with my friends and coming up with new challenges like, “Hey, can we climb through this tunnel without touching the ground?” Or, “I wonder if we can travel all the way around the structure by climbing on the outside…”

Questions like those are the ones that fuel our movement in play; They fuel our quest to discover our boundaries and test our limits. But even more than that, I remember how places like the fortress afforded us the privilege of a blank canvas that only suggested what its intention was, rather than strictly telling us. A ramp winding around the turret was merely suggesting that we could walk up it, while the low and accessible walls to the sides of it hinted that they could also be climbed over, onto, or balanced on.

Having grown up and done extensive research on exercise science, fitness, and devoting over a decade of my life into the emerging field of movement based fitness, when I remember my time spent on these cool playgrounds, I think all the different variations and varieties of movement patterns I had to perform. I think we as a modern society have forgotten that play was our first means of non-essential fitness enhancement. Playing around doesn’t put food on the table or put a roof over your head, but when those things are already attended to, how else will your highly adapted body continue to ensure that you can lift heavy things when you need to, or run away from something when you need to, or climb something when you need to.

We were recently sent this article by one of our members from the Washington Post regarding the recent surge in ADHD diagnoses and it instantly reminded us about why we work so hard to keep the Rochester Parkour Gym open: modern society either doesn’t recognize the importance of play or simply can’t afford the liability associated with public free play. Both reasons are a shame, but the latter is even more than that. Growing liability costs associated with public play spaces are the reason why the beloved fortress of my childhood is no longer there (and also why wooden playscapes and metal jungle gyms in general are no longer built).

State-based Prevalence Data of ADHD Diagnosis (2011-2012): Children CURRENTLY diagnosed with ADHD (Centers for Disease Control)

The playscapes we find in the wild today are strange in comparison to the fortress. They’re bright and colorful, for one, and filled with a soft, squishy ground designed to keep kids from getting hurt. As business owners, spaces like these make a lot of sense. Not only do they lower our liability insurance bills, but they also allow us to higher less educated supervisors and we can up our volume load to let as many kids in as possible. As movement fitness and play specialists, however, this shift in the industry is scary…

When we look at new-designed playgrounds, bounce houses, trampoline parks, and others, we don’t see what’s on the surface. We see brightly colored, inorganic objects and we think of the cognitive disassociation that these kids are developing as the where and when play is allowed (are we only allowed to play in spaces that are squishy, soft, brightly colored, or otherwise?). We see soft and squishy objects and we think of all the improper and unhealthy movement habits that these kids are developing; It is downright shocking to us how many teenagers step foot in our classes and don’t know how to climb with their hands and feet rather than their elbows and knees. We see the inexperienced staff as further re-affirmation of habitual movement patterns that will limit and spawn a whole host of problems for your kids come adulthood – things like: landing on straight legs, running with buckled knees, running with flat feet, etc.

None of these issues are easy to see in the short term, but articles like the Washington Post article linked earlier are helping us to see that the over-abundance and overuse of these characteristics is not without consequence.

Interestingly, we didn’t start the Rochester Parkour Gym because of these reasons – we just naturally created a space that we were familiar with and one that we thought challenged us physically, mentally, and creatively. Initially, our focus was on just operating the space and letting people come in to use it freely as most bounce houses and trampoline parks do. As time went on though, and as we continued to see more and more evidence that the general public had forgotten how to interact with spaces such as ours, we began to shift focus to our current class-based model with a newly found mission to educate the community about the importance of play in rigid landscapes, of movement inspired by one’s creativity rather than demanded by the space they’re in, and of proper, experienced instruction on movement patterns that build our bodies stronger and healthier, rather than patterns that tear us apart, hard landing by hard landing.

We now stand in defiance of these trends and continue to be one of the few successful establishments doing what we do. Operating the way we do isn’t easy: our insurance costs are astronomical, our objects need to be custom-designed and custom built, our instructors and employees had to endure a 3 month long apprenticeship before given their first class, and because all of this, our prices are higher than most people wish they were. Rather than seeing these things as problems that need to be solved, we see them as necessary. These characteristics make us the endangered species that we are, but just like the African Rhino, the Himalayan Snow Leopard, or the Eastern Lowland Gorilla, rigid playscapes deserve to be recognized, cherished, and preserved for the value that they add into our lives.

Rochester Parkour – 1344 University Ave Suite 6000 – Rochester, NY – (585) 204.7537 –

Getting started with us at Rochester Parkour is easy. We offer classes for kids and adults ages 3+ which work on an open enrollment platform. You will simply pre-enroll online ahead of time in order to reserve a slot in class. The curriculum for that day stands on its own and doesn’t work in a series. Even if you are the only new student in class that day, you will have a challenge level to tackle that is appropriate for you. Set up an account online here and come to your first class for only $20. You can view our other pricing options here.

About Our Guest Bloggers:

Nicole Suchy is the Administrative Manager and Program Coordinator for the Rochester Parkour Gym. A University of Rochester Alumna, Nicole holds Bachelors in Psychology and Studio Arts.  She runs our in house apprenticeship program and is also an instructor for a variety of classes here at the gym with over 5 years of parkour teaching experience.

Nicole appreciates the extensive diversity found in movement and loves bringing her dance background into her training.  Outside the gym, Nicole is also the founder and director of a local mural arts program, Make Your MARC.



Charles Moreland is the original co-founder of Rochester Parkour. He is an RIT alum with a bachelor’s degree in Fine Art and Exercise Physiology.

He received his first Personal Trainer certification in 2007 from the NCSF and switched to the NSCA in 2009. Upon graduation in 2010, Charles obtained his Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist title from the NSCA – a gold standard in the industry. With his extensive teaching background, Charles brings a unique, diverse, and research based approach to training.

Charles has been teaching parkour to the Rochester community since 2008 via the Manhattan Square Park Saturday jams and is one of the most experienced instructors in the State and the East Coast. In 2011, Charles was one of the featured speakers at the National Parkour Summit in Seattle, WA. In June 2012, Charles gave a TED talk introducing Parkour to the masses which has since gone viral and has more than 20,000 views worldwide.
Check out Charles’ trainer profile on his Thumbtack site for more information on his professional services.