Wednesday, March 28, 2012

401 Ways to Get Your Kids to Work at Home by Bonnie Runyan McCullough and Susan Walker Monson

From amazon: 401 Ways to Get Your Kids to Work at Home is an essential book for busy parents who would like to get their kids to share the housework and who would like a systematic program to ensure that their kids know all the basic living skills by the time they leave home at age eighteen.

This is an oldie, but goodie. This book not only categorizes jobs by age, but life skills, as well. I liked that it mentions picking three jobs/skills at a time to teach each child, and to focus only on those until those skills are mastered. I also love that it talks about skills I wouldn't have thought about, like balancing nutrition, getting around town on a bus, and even making doctor appointments (I didn't make my own until I was married-it's a great skill for kids to learn!).  

I love all the ideas mentioned in this book, and it's one that I go back to again and again as my children reach different ages (or when I need ideas in motivation!). One recent example I found in the book was to tape a sign anywhere you needed that said, "no parking. Tow away zone, 10c an item." My kids had gotten into a bad habit of leaving schoolwork/books/pencils, etc on our kitchen counters. I taped this sign on the counter for a few days, and it helped the kids remember to put their things away!

It's easy to become overwhelmed by all the things kids need to learn to be competent, independent adults, and I love that this book breaks it down for you by age.This book is written in an informative and encouraging way, and I have found it immensely helpful in teaching my children the value of work.

Rating: 4
Published: 12.1981

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