Most kids take their commitments to amateur sports teams pretty darn seriously.
Kids know they need to show up.
Kids know they need to work hard.
Kids know helping teammates is crucial for success.
Kids know their teammates are counting on them.
One thing kids don’t expect: to get paid. That would be silly. It’s not a pro team!
Well, “Team Family” isn’t pro either, but it is serious.
Kids need to know that their family teammates are counting on them to show up, work hard, and help each other. Without pay.
Parents need to insist that team family, though amateur, is still a commitment to be taken seriously by every player.
When it comes to everyday chores, keep it amateur and don’t be a ball hog. Share the responsibility.
“If you want children to keep their feet on the ground, put some responsibility on their shoulders.”
P.S. Paid odd jobs are fine. Let’s consider that going semi-pro. I like the hybrid strategy.
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