How to Raise Your Kids Like They are on a Farm

On a farm, kids work and help their parents. Jim Goodman, farmer, says “kids can actually see what you are doing and they can help. Kids feel important and connected. Kids can develop a sense of responsibility and their parents can count on them.” You can help your kids have this sense of responsibility and confidence in the city too by giving them chores. Roger Doiron, Founder of Kitchen Gardens International, Parent Earth Expert, says “be reasonable in expectations, maybe ten minutes for a job; make it fun; Fred Bahnson, farmer, “both of our sons help out in the kitchen, make cookies, make bread. Once you get something as part of your routine, then you don’t need to constantly renegotiated it.” 5 ideas for chores: cooking; doing dishes; window box gardening; setting the table; taking out the recycling.

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Kirsten Klug
10.07.10

Absolutely makes sense! Let’s get more people behind these great, simple concepts.

Flavia Jordan
12.01.10

I agree, I started cooking at an early age and remember how proud I would feel about contributing.

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