• Individuality
    I Did it All By Myself! An Age-by-Age Guide to Teaching Your Child Life Skills
    Are you preparing your child to be independent? Teaching your child life skills is not only important for self-care and sufficiency— it also allows him to feel empowered, works on socialization and reasoning, and helps develop healthy self-est...
    Lindsay Hutton
  • Parenting Tools Printables
    Printable Chore Chart
    Type in the date, chore descriptions, and names on this interactive chore chart printable to get kids involved in helping around the house. ...
  • Parenting Tools Printables
    Printable Chore Chart
    Type in the date, chore descriptions, and names on this interactive chore chart printable to get kids involved in helping around the house. ...
  • Teens
    Preteen and Tween Behavior
    Why Tweens Don't Do Their Chores
    Why Tweens Don't Do Their Chores Little neatniks pick up their rooms without a dozen reminders, brush their teeth without cutting corners, and wash their hands before meals without being told. Very compliant tweens dust and vacuum, set and clear...
  • Kids
    Chores for Preschoolers
    Have You Done Your Chores?
    Have You Done Your Chores? By the age of four, your child should be making at least a small contribution to the family as a whole. Assigning—or better yet, letting your child choose—a job to do around the house reinforces the value of coope...
  • Kids
    Chores
    Kids, Allowance, and Chores
    Kids, Allowance, and Chores Financial Building Blocks According to the same survey by Zillions, about three-quarters of all allowance recipients (of all ages) were supposed to perform chores to get their allowances. Some parents give allowances ...
  • Individuality
    I Did it All By Myself! An Age-by-Age Guide to Teaching Your Child Life Skills
    Are you preparing your child to be independent? Teaching your child life skills is not only important for self-care and sufficiency— it also allows him to feel empowered, works on socialization and reasoning, and helps develop healthy self-est...
    Lindsay Hutton
  • Toy Finder
    Toy Finder
    Toy Finder
    Find our top picks for the best toys of the year!
    familyeducation editors
  • Kids
    Chores
    Dealing with Procrastinators to Get Chores Done
    Dealing with Procrastinators to Get Chores Done Once you decide to implement chores, the battles begin. No self-respecting child is going to want to work! Here are some tips for making it go smoothly. Be clear that this is a positive step in rai...
  • Kids
    Chores
    Assigning and Charting Chores
    Assigning and Charting Chores When you're assigning tasks, you might choose to simply rotate responsibilities, you might decide to give each child (and adult, too) an area of responsibility, or you might do both. There are advantages to each app...
  • Kids
    Chores
    The Importance of Chores
    The Importance of Chores Here's the reality, and American society's dirty little secret-many kids don't learn how to wash their clothes, cook a meal, mow a lawn, make a bed, or even effectively wash a dish until they've moved out of the house. (...
  • Behavior Checklists and Charts Printables
    Printable "Clean Your Room" Checklist for Kids
    Getting kids to clean their room can be a tricky task — in part because they feel overwhelmed about where to begin. Use this step-by-step visual checklist to help guide kids through the process and get in the habit of tidying up! ...
  • Kids
    Chores
    Getting Kids to Clean Their Rooms
    Getting Kids to Clean Their Rooms Cleaning is not an intuitive skill. Nobody is born knowing how to attack a messy room and turn it to serenity. Few of us can effectively wield a broom, dust pan, or dust rag without a lesson or two—and a lot o...
  • Teaching Kids about Bike Tire Repair
    Chores
    Bicycle Tire Repair
    Bicycle Tire RepairMaterials Tire repair kit Bowl or pail of water Directions If you have punctured the inner tube of your bicycle, you can easily repair it yourself. Buy a bicycle tube patch kit from a bicycle or hardware store. It contains adh...
  • Kids
    Earning Money
    Window Cleaning
    Window CleaningMaterials Glass cleaner (or vinegar and water) Paper towels or dry cloths Small, portable stepladder Soft brush Directions Offering your services as a window cleaner will bring you plenty of customers. You should offer to clean wi...
  • Kids
    Chores
    The Importance of Chores
    The Importance of Chores Here's the reality, and American society's dirty little secret-many kids don't learn how to wash their clothes, cook a meal, mow a lawn, make a bed, or even effectively wash a dish until they've moved out of the house. (...
  • Book Finder
    Book Finder
    Book Finder
    Find our top picks for the best books of the year!
    familyeducation editors
  • Kids
    Earning Money
    Snow or Leaf Removal
    Snow or Leaf RemovalMaterials Snow shovel Whisk broom Leaf rake Yard broom Large bags Directions A snow-shoveling service is in great demand in those areas of the country where winter snowfalls are the rule rather than the exception. Be availabl...