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Map It Out

Create an easy-to-read calendar for the whole family to use as reference when wondering what chores need to be done. Once it's been accomplished, have a colorful marker handy to mark things off. Make sure to leave time for fun activities as well as budget for things not getting done on time. When you've got a bit of extra time in the family's schedule, use it for a fun family outing or adventure.

Make sure to schedule times for kids to be kids, including appropriate slotted times for video games, chatting on the phone, or hanging out with friends. But stick to it — by having everyone involved in mapping out the week, the whole family understands expectations.

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