For some reason I don’t understand, I am seeing a giant spike from people clicking today to read my two-week-old post about taking my son to Hooter’s (if you really want to see it, i’ll make it easy for you: here it is). That post was popular and controversial when I wrote it, but I have moved on to more interesting, substantial parenting topics. So if you are here to read about Hooter’s, great. And you are more than welcome to stick around and see what we have to say about instilling your kids with a work ethic and a capacity to save money, how to get your kids off the videogames, a link to a serious documentary about school children and racism. In addition, my favorite and most popular posts from the archives are listed on the right panel under “Greatest Hits You Might Have Missed.”
P.S. Can someone leave in the comment section what link you saw that led you to my blog today?
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Posted in parenting, raising children, responsibility, tagged 11 years old, 4 years old, 5 years old, 6 years old, allowance, chores, college, credit cards, dishes, kids, money, moving, saving, spending, work ethic on September 30, 2009 |
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My wife and I have always wanted our four children from an early age to develop a sense of responsibility and eventually an actual work ethic to prepare them to go out in the world someday with a healthy understanding of how things work. This process, I think, should begin early by teaching 2 or 3 year old to clean up toys when they are done with them. You build on it later by having your kids as young as 3 or 4 begin doing simple chores such as getting the mail. Still later as chores become routine and the work becomes heavier, you can offer your kids an allowance as an incentive.
Here’s how we did it:
CHORES: There are a lot of things that small kids can do to play an active role in keeping the household running. I started with having my kids at four years old … (more…)
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