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Category: Chores


I admit that I was just listening to NPR about Mexican families who teach their kids to help around the house from the time they are able to hold something in their hands (age one-three).  I wrote about this subject briefly in 2010. The attitude is, really, of letting their children help with chores because they want to.  I believe this too.  Not that I was great at it when I was raising my daughter … Read more

Chores or Doing Your Part

I’m a strong believer in children having chores, or responsibilities, that are appropriate for their age. Once they have passed the threshold (the front door of the playgroup), children are asked to take off their shoes – even if they need help – and put them in a box that I have for that purpose only.  If they can, they take off their coat, jacket or sweatshirt, and hang it on my kid-size coat tree.  … Read more