Most kids will be glad to help you with some of the stuff such as helping you get the mail, it makes them feel like a bigger kid. They feel trusted to do some of the things that are done by older people. I would disagree with practicing a musical instrument as a chore. I play music on the guitar and drums, and I don't see it as a chore. I was forced to practice piano as a child and I hated it! I learned drums instead because they were the opposite of the elegant and melodic piano. They were rebellious and loud, with primal bashing! Perfect. So be careful of forcing your child to practice music. They may be turned off from it completely. Studies have shown that children who play musical instruments also do better in school than those who don't. So encourage them, but you shouldn't force them. Maybe they want to learn the tuba, just bring your ear plugs.