Scenario: Your Son and His Friend Destroys the Backyard
Summer Scenario Your son and his friend want to play in the sprinkler, but they've already left a path of destruction with toys scattered all over the backyard. The friend is picking up toys, but your kid isn't helping you clean up the mess at all.
Buddy Builder Talk about the benefits of teamwork. You might say, for example, "Taylor needs your help picking up the toys. When you work together, you can get done faster and do another fun activity. Friends like that." Try to weave in real-life examples too, such as how a pitcher and catcher each have different roles on a baseball team. Once kids understand that their participation is vital, they're much more likely to pitch in.
Originally published in the August 2011 issue of Parents magazine.