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Dax Shepard, cool guy that he is, has some great advice on raising kids. My favorite, besides no butt pads (“Your butt is a pad”), is that kids are good at figuring, uh, stuff out.
I watch them navigate situations over and over again that they would not do if I was present or my wife was present. By God, they work shit out.
Here’s a great collection of outside / backyard games, if your kids are getting bored being pent up inside this summer.
Red Light, Green Light sounds fun for one.
Sometimes we parents think it’s our job to so “no” all the time. While there are certainly times when we must so “no” — hard rules, boundaries, safety — we often so “no” for the wrong reasons.
For example, we say no because the kids is just being loud or messy. Or when saying “yes” means extra work for us such as letting the kid help us with dinner.
Often “no” is our answer when we don’t have the time, energy, or patience to clean up messes or tend to bumps and scrapes.
According to this article, toddlers hear “no” an average of 400 times a day 😳, so “no” stops having real power or meaning to them.
This article suggests a “yes” day and stop saying “no” out of reflex.
In doing so, our kids might be more responsive, obedient, and accommodating. We might even find out that saying yes can be fun—for the whole family.
I have to admit, I’ve been slacking on giving my kids chores. It’s just basics – mostly cleaning up after themselves, emphasizing individual responsibility.
Without responsibilities, how will our kids grow up?
But this great article from Let Grow has me thinking about chores — reframed as “responsibilities” — as part of helping the family and growing your kid’s sense of community and self-confidence.
This article explains the benefits to your kids having
chores responsibilities to do around the house. It also has practical tips for making these responsibilities work for everyone.
I’ve never been so inspired about chores! 😀