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Parenting Blog

I post here from time to time as issues come up, or in response to parent feedback and questions

Parenting Blog

Chores - the Magic Ingredient

Posted by Dave on September 22, 2016 at 8:20 PM

Some of us have known this intuitively for a long time, but multiple longitudinal studies now prove that having done regular chores as a kid (the earlier, the better) is the single most common attribute shared by the world's most successful people. And, it's not just success.

Harvard learned that doing chores and part time work as a child was the single strongest predictor of positive mental health as an adult - more than neighborhood, social class, family, etc.

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Teaching Tools: Building a Work Ethic

Posted by Dave on November 26, 2012 at 8:35 PM

Part of your job as a parent is to help your children build, feel, and understand the internal payoffs that will help them be successful throughout life. One of the most important is a strong work ethic.


Families can teach the social value of hard work by giving their kids household chores from an early age. Even a four year old can help set the table for dinner. Regular unpaid family chores should be part of every child’s schedule, increasing in complexity and length...

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Teaching Tools: The Allowance

Posted by Dave on December 23, 2011 at 3:35 PM

Kids will begin to need spending money at some point in their lives, and this too is an important teaching tool. If you’ve read my parenting outline, you’ll recall I believe all kids should be able to run a household by the time they leave high school. Among the necessary skills are managing and handling money.


An allowance is not a reward, nor should it be pay for family chores. (Doing family chores is a personal contribution to the family’s well-being.)...

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Teaching Tools: Dealing with Life's Rough Spots

Posted by Dave on December 23, 2011 at 2:15 PM

I talk a great deal about parents’ roles as a child’s most important teachers. Not all subjects parents must deal with are easy ones. You might immediately think of the “birds and bees” talk, but there are other difficult subjects as well. Relationship issues, death, major illness, and disability are also tricky.


Kids need to learn to deal appropriately with life’s most stressful events while they’re still kids. Kids are pretty resilient,...

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