Step Teach How to Be Helpful

Once you delegate specific duties, go through each job step-by-step at least once with your kids so that they clearly know how to do it.When you're sure they are capable of the task, post a chart on the refrigerator listing each kid's home duties, and then expect them to do it on their own. Whatever you do, don't do any task your kid can do for herself. She'll never learn to be helpful or responsible if she knows you'll finish the job for her.And don't overlook one of the best ways to boost helpfulness: everyone—you included—pitches in on a specified day and time (such as Wednesday night or Saturday morning) and does family chores together.When they are completed, many families celebrate by having breakfast together, a lunch out, or watching a fun family video.

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