We know from research that kids who do chores become more successful adults…but we also know from experience that teaching kids to take on household responsibilities is challenging and often frustrating (and rarely results in less work for mom). In Episode 191 Meagan and Sarah share an honest look at where our combined eight kids are with their family contributions these days, what chores we wish we’d started kids on sooner, how to adapt for different kids’ personalities, and more. Join us!
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Links We Mentioned (Or Should Have) in Episode 191
- Happy Children Do Chores (KJ Dell’Antonia for NYTimes Sunday Review)
- Kids Who Do Chores Are More Successful Adults (Bill Murphy, Jr. for Inc.com)
- If you missed them, we did entire episodes on both dishes and laundry, both of which include discussions about how or whether our kids contribute to these chores
- How to raise successful kids — without over-parenting (Julie Lythcott-Haims for TED Talks Live)
- Ask the Doctor: Frustration over getting kids to do chores without reminding and nagging (Dr. Laura Markham / AhaParenting.com)
- Episode 129 of the Edit Your Life Show: How to Teach Kids Life Skills (the printable list of 100 life skills you can teach kids in five minutes is linked up in their show notes – but the whole episode is a must-listen!)
Queue It Up!
Check out Episode 63 from August 2016 – What To Expect From The Middle School Years – Meagan shares her experience parenting kids through this tricky time.