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“How can I get my kids to help around the house?”

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From the mailbag:

"Dear MamaBear,

My kids simply refuse to do their chores.

What can I do to get this fixed?

Sincerely,

Darryl"

Dear D,

Argh.

MamaBear hates questions like this.

It's very simple.

See, being a part of your family is a privilege and has its responsibilities.

And part of those responsibilities is helping around the house.

It's a rule.

It's a law.

And if your children refuse to help out, you can return the favor in spades; refuse to take them to their outings.

Plain and simple.

Now, I do *not* advise that you simply make the above statement to your kids; instead, tell your kids you're going to call a family meeting about household responsibilities and they're welcome to bring their ideas/suggestions.

At said meeting, *spell out* your expectations.  Ask for their input.

Listen respectfully.  If you feel they have valid points, acknowledge that, validate them, and then move onto what the law of the house will be.

And then *stick* to what you decree.

Remember, your home is *not* a democracy, it's a benevolent dictatorship and you're the benevolent dictator.

For more suggestions, check out:

The younger you start 'em, the easier it will be.  Lots of success to you!

Thus speaks...MamaBear

ps - speaking about chores, have you seen: