11/19/2012 11:23 am ET

How To Get Kids To Help Without Nagging Or Begging

A few years ago I read a Dear Abby letter that really stuck with me. It was from a distraught mom who signed off as “Alone in the Kitchen.” The poor woman sounded so beaten down and well, clueless as she described how her adult daughters arrive for the holidays each year expecting the guest treatment.

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