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June 2, 2016

Did you do your chores? (part III)

For the last two days, we’ve looked at the summertime dilemma of getting our kids to do their chores. What we’ve said so far is simple: none of us is responsible for getting our kids to do anything. As long as we feel responsible for them, they will never learn to take responsibility for themselves.

So, what do we do? Sit back and watch our kids do nothing all summer, waiting for them to spontaneously start vacuuming and feeding the dog? And what happens when we’re not talking about chores? What about homework? Surely it’s our responsibility as parents to get our kids to do their homework, right?

In order to answer these questions, I’ve decided to speak rather than write. Check out the video below for today’s Daily Pause. It’s a little less than 10 minutes, so make sure you’ve got the time to digest it all.

Don’t have 10 minutes? Well, try this instead: Reply to this email and tell me your greatest anxiety about the summer. Is it kids and chores? Vacation/holiday plans? Perhaps you’ve got concerns about a growing conflict at work, or in your extended family, or in your marriage? Lemme know it, and I’ll be able to steer The Daily Pause to help you face your conflict and find your peace.

Peace begins with pause,

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One thought on “Did you do your chores? (part III)

  1. So, what would a good consequence be for them not making the bed (apart from the room turning into a pigsty, which they don’t care about anyway)?

    And my biggest worry every summer is being stuck in the house, because all she wants to do is staying indoors in her pyjamas.

    Thank you

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