- March 10, 2008 at 5:59 pm #256453
My children (both girls) are 17 and 13…have never had a problem with
them on work. I started them at 2, to “help” me and put things away.
Lots of verbal praise, reinforcement of what was great about the
activity they accomplished. Then as time went by, I would ask if they
could do more. As the children got older, we created a list of what
chores I paid for and what I didn’t. Every month, usually, the last
friday of every month – we took money to the bank. The kids are
savers. When we went to the store, we talked about what we saw – their
uses, I would ask their opinion on an item – so they were active. So
they were always an active participant, it was a good game. I never
wanted them to hate the four letter word – work. My extreme in my
life, with my mother and I would hear this every day: You’re not a
woman if you don’t know how to cook or clean. Not going to get in this
vain, but I choose a happy medium for my girls. All I know that asking
their opinion, getting their creativity and asking for their help and
being firm on what was expected of them, worked for us.
Nancy Calos-Nakano, Seattle.
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