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…)