Many unschooled children do not do “chores” mandated by parents. Instead, they live in a home environment where contribution and appreciation is freely given among family members of all ages, both within the family and within the bigger community. The result is children who *want* to help out and feel good about what they can do. Young children want to help their parents from the time they can walk. Welcome it by inviting them to help, and watch it grow! Feed their contributions by expressing verbal appreciation. By the teen years, they will be shoveling the neighbor’s walk, building the neighbor a lawn border, sorting food at the food bank, picking up garbage on the river bank, and volunteering in the community for no other reward than the good feeling of making the world a better place to live.
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