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Delegation Boot Camp: Getting Your Kids to Help Out More

posted by Anne Marie on October 6, 2010 | print article | e-mail to a friend
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  • Shantique

    I struggle with this. My girls are 2 1/2 and 16 months. I always thought, they are too young to have chores. Imagine my shock when I pick up the oldest from school and I watch her take he toys she is playing with and put them away before going to get her coat and bag! Nobody even has to ask her! Yet at home I can tell her 10 times, put the ponies away before you play with the dinosaurs! And she looks at me like I have 10 heads. The little one, however, will just go and pick up the ponies and put them in the bucket (again a shock…she’s cleaning up because I asked…and she wasn’t even playing with them!!) They are a lot more capable than I even knew…and I was quite aware that they were genius’!!! :0)

  • Amy @ Frugal Mama

    Good for you for posting this advice! I dont think parents should be afraid to ask kids to help around the house. Remember the old saying, it builds character?

    It also makes kids feel important and capable, and when you ask them to do something for the whole family (not just for themselves) such as setting the table or sweeping up, they will feel like essential parts of the family.

    I find the good feelings extend further when you are working alongside them (doing your own chores) — and try singing while you work to up the fun even more!

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