From Pampered to Productive: Raising Children Who Know How to Work

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From television to iphones and automatic dishwashers, we've got it all?except each other. But there's a simple solution. Turn forgotten to-dos into family fun with Debbie Bowen's ten proven formulas for success. With new skills, added closeness, and a real sense of accomplishment, your whole family will soon cherish chore time. Raising responsible, hard-working kids has never been so rewarding!

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Overview

From television to iphones and automatic dishwashers, we've got it all?except each other. But there's a simple solution. Turn forgotten to-dos into family fun with Debbie Bowen's ten proven formulas for success. With new skills, added closeness, and a real sense of accomplishment, your whole family will soon cherish chore time. Raising responsible, hard-working kids has never been so rewarding!

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781462110193
  • Publisher: Horizon Publishers & Distributors, Inc.
  • Publication date: 3/13/2012
  • Pages: 144
  • Product dimensions: 6.06 (w) x 9.86 (h) x 0.36 (d)

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments xi

Preface: Our Family Philosophy xv

1 Changing Your Mind-Set 1

Housework Makes You Ugly 2

Poor Management Syndrome 3

I Was Reluctant to Delegate in the Beginning 4

Children Are Assets, Not Liabilities 7

You Are the Conductor of Your Own Home Orchestra 8

Fathers Are Invaluable 9

Many Hands Make Light Work 11

I Am Not an Expert 11

2 Delegation-Your Key to Sanity 13

What Is Delegation? 13

Camouflaged Slave Labor 13

Permanent Delegation 14

Spontaneous Delegation 15

Mother Bunny Delegates 16

Rules of Delegation 17

Rule 1: Be Firm, Be Fair, Be Flexible 18

Rule 2: Be Patient 20

Rule 3: Be Tolerant 21

Rule 4: Be Specific 22

How Do I Begin? 23

The Six D's of Delegation 23

The First "D": Decide-Choose Which Jobs Will Be Delegated 23

The Second "D": Divide-Assign Jobs to Each Family Member 25

The Third "D": Deliberate-Hold Regular Family Councils 27

The Fourth "D": Demonstrate-Provide Adequate Training 29

The Fifth "D": Discipline-Administer Appropriate Consequences 33

Accountability 33

Consequences 34

Consistency 39

The Sixth "D": Determination- Hang in There! 41

3 Eliminating Stumbling Blocks to Your Success 45

I Can Do It Faster Myself 46

If You Want It Done Right, Dolt Yourself 48

I Find It Enjoyable 50

I'm a Creature of Habit 51

I'm Not Organized Enough 53

I Feel Sorry for Them 56

They Don't Do It My Way 58

My Children Aren't Capable 62

My Children Are Too Busy 67

My Children Complain 68

My Children Refuse to Work 73

Some Children Work Better Than Others 77

I'm Starting Too Late in Their Lives 81

My Teenagers Are Intolerable 82

My Children Expect to Get Paid 85

4 Rewards of Delegation 93

Saves Your Sanity 94

Creates More Free Time 95

Enhances Children's Self-Esteem 96

Keeps Children Busy 98

Promotes Greater Family Unity 99

Teaches Children to Value Work 101

Prepares Children for the Real World 104

Conclusion 107

Appendix 111

Summary of Stumbling Blocks and Principles 111

Age-Based Chores 113

Index 117

About the Author 121

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