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MUST PIN for both parents and/or teachers --- Life Skills - what kids should be able to do for themselves by age. Great list to reference. Lots of other great stuff on her site too!
7 chores your kids should be doing. People are always making other parents feel like they aren't doing enough for their kids. Maybe it is best for them to clean their own room (no matter how clean it actually gets) or make their own lunch or learn to entertain themselves instead of mom or dad having to do it. Teach them to be self sufficient and support them! Be there for them when they need you, not when you want to intervene.
Encouraging Kids - Eighteen years after my dad died, I can still hear him, when I get too serious saying, "Lighten up, Lissy!" And in moments of complete self doubt and embarrasment, I bolster myself by thinking of him singing, "Oops, you made a mistake, and you're beautiful to me." To this day I can hear...
I love this idea for helping to motivate kids to help out with the extra chores that get missed most of the time