Contrary to what many children may say, helping out around the house is not child abuse.The idea of helping out around the house for an undetermined amount of time seemed to cause anxiety. I believe that 5 minutes of real life time translates into 30min in kid zone. It is for this reason I introduced the Team 20.
Everyone gives 20 Minutes of their daily schedule to helping out around the house. It has become a magic word around here. Example of conversation with a 13 yo:
Me: E, please unload the dishes.
E: But I have soooo much to do & I just finished eating and.....(mind you she was online facetwitexting)
M: Team 20
E: ok... (stops grumping, turns on music & unloads the dishes)