Magazine article Working Mother

Morning: GET OUT THE DOOR

Magazine article Working Mother

Morning: GET OUT THE DOOR

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Helping Hands

As you run around in the morning-packing lunches, finding lost library books and feeding everyone-your little guys are busy doing...Hmmm. What are they doing? Get them to pitch in. "It's a great way for them to feel worthwhile and build self-esteem," says family coach Joanne Baum, PhD, of RespectfulParenting.com.

Age 3 Preschoolers can round up the foods that go into their lunch bag like turkey slices, bread and an apple.

Age 4 Kids can feed their pet when you offer tools like an easy-pour food container stored in a low cabinet.

Age 5 Kindergartners can put the breakfast dishes in the sink or dishwasher to make cleanup easier.

I Can Do It! Your child can manage morning chores with the My Responsibility Chart wall hanging. Kids will beam as they watch their task tracker fill up with gold stars each day and check their reward pouches for special surprises ($30, onestepahead.com).

R E A D E R T I P S

SMART A.M. STRATEGIES

I keep school lunch menus on our kitchen board, and my kids circle which days they want. …

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