How many times have you heard a little girl referred to as bossy? There s a star studded effort to ban that word led by the boss herself, Sheryl Sandberg, COO of Facebook and the Girl Scouts. The public service campaign claims the word bossy stops girls from becoming leaders. Celebrities like Beyonce, Jennifer Garner and Jane Lynch have joined the chorus, saying When a little boy asserts himself, he's called a leader. Yet when a little girl does the same, she risks being branded bossy. Words like bossy send a message: don't raise your hand or speak up. By middle school, girls are less interested in leading than boys a trend that continues into adulthood. Together we can encourage girls to lead.
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Taking the Chore out of Chores
I dread chore day as much as my kids do. That s because I know I ll have to nag until they get their chores done, correctly and completely. I ve tried everything short of bribery, although, I may be open to that too. Check out this website that helps kids keep track of their chores. Kids log in to myjobchart.com to see what they need to do. It's for all age groups so you can use pictures for little ones who can't read. For example, a picture of the bed will show them the bed is on their to do list . As kids complete their chores, they earn points which can be used to spend, save or share. The site is linked to Amazon.com, so your family can decide ahead of time what your kid wants. There's also an option for dad time or a special day with mom. Myjobchart is free and can be used on Apple and Android apps.
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