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The Rules of Parenting, 2nd Edition by Richard Templar

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RULE 61

Work as a team

This isn’t just about you and your partner, although obviously you do need to work as a team. But this is the siblings section of the book, so this Rule is about getting the whole family to work as a team. It’s all part of giving your kids a great relationship with each other.

Working as a team might mean all mucking in together, or it might mean each doing individual jobs that together get the whole thing done. It doesn’t matter which you’re doing, so long as the kids know it’s a team effort.

We have a rule in our house that at the end of a meal, everyone has to help tidy up until the kitchen is clear. Then everyone can stop. The kids are very used to this and they muck in together. One will load the dishwasher while ...

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