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Recession Gives Parents Chance to Instill Work Ethic

Like most parents, Annette Kiesow now thinks twice before she buys her six-year-old son, Josh, a new toy. "We talk about what things cost, and compare the prices of things when we're at the store," says the Merrimack, N.H. mom. "We talk about the...

Parenting Like the Obamas - Do Your Kids Do Chores?

We all know that Barack and Michelle Obama don't spoil their girls -- Sasha and Malia only get $1 a week in allowance, for example, which is a lot less than the average weekly allowance for kids their ages ($4.10 and $7.18, respectively). The payout...

A Surprising Upside in a Down Economy - Family Togetherness

Most families I know have been affected by the recession. Some moms have shifted from part-time to full-time work. Others have returned to the workforce for the first time in years. Even in homes where jobs are intact, folks are cutting back on...

Barack Obama Cheaps Out on Daughters' Allowance

There are a few different schools of thought when it comes to giving children an allowance. Barack and Michelle Obama have a slightly different take. Some parents feel that giving kids a little spending money of their own, say $10 per week, will...

Sasha and Malia at Home in the White House

Moving is never easy. Leaving behind friends and all that is familiar to start over in a new environment is difficult enough for an adult, but for a child the experience can be downright overwhelming. When everything is new, from school to home to...

Barack Obama's Daughters Will Help Keep (White) House

You might think that being the daughter of the President of the United States is a pretty sweet deal. You get to live in one of the best known houses in the country, if not the world, you have a full staff to cook for you, and you never have to lift...

Allowance - What's your policy?

My older daughter is closing in on six years old, so we've been mulling over the idea of an allowance. After comparing how allowance was dealt with in our own childhoods, my husband and I have decided that her allowance won't be "payment" for her...

Daily Dish - The sock box

Are you laundry-challenged like me? Keep track of all those tiny socks with this easy trick....

Survival guide for kids leaving home

One of the fast food restaurants had a commercial wherein a young man was in a grocery store holding two packages of meat, his gaze swinging back and forth between the two. Finally, he just drops the meat and hightails it out of the store like the...

Weeding old toys - Tell the kids or not?

"Make two piles," I told my five-year-old. "Those you want to keep and the ones you want to give away." I left her sitting in front of a gigantic basket of stuffed animals, about a quarter of her collection. We were spending the day organizing the...

Kids spending less than a half hour a day doing chores

The next time your kiddo complains about having to vacuum the living room or clear the dishes, you can pull out that famous phrase, "When I was your age...." At study of over 1,300 children recently found that kids between the ages of 6 and 12 are...

Daily Dish - Chore charting

For some parents, the typical kids' chore chart ends up being more chore than it's worth....

DailyDish - Don't let teens off the hook

Teenagers have lots on their plates, but don't let that be an excuse for skipping chores. ...

Daily Dish - Make chores age appropriate

Kids may not always be enthusiastic about chores, but making chores kid-friendly can help....

Dailydish - Make chores a family affair

Have each family member tackle his or her task list at the same time....

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