For parents, teaching children to work sometimes seems like teaching a turtle to roll over. But it is possible, writes Ron Woods, author of 101 Ideas on Teaching Children to Work. Woods presents ideas with short explanations on each to instruct parents on how to inspire children towork.
He said parents using these methods "will produce a child who demonstrates that he can scrub a sink, paint a wall, or pull a weed and who – at least now and then – acts like he actually enjoys it."These ideas – some old, some new – are ones that have worked in the Woods home, but not every idea will apply to a specific family situation, the author writes. He said creativity, effort and ingenuity are necessary to apply the concepts. The book's nine chapters deal with such topics as "Providing Motivation to Work," "Making Work a Family Affair" and "Homework." – KS