Share a Common Goal
Did You Know?

Around 65 percent of people who remarry enter into a blended family, one that includes at least one child from a previous marriage.

Kids may act as though chores are a big pain, but they secretly crave the stability and structure they represent. Make chores a family affair by coming up with ways to share clean-up detail around the house. Clean out the garage, overhaul your landscape or paint the family room. Assign everyone a task, and plan a fun family activity, like a picnic, as a reward when the job is done. Yes, you could probably weed the flowerbeds faster by yourself -- and with less wear and tear on the plants -- but the idea is to make the task a way to set a family goal and reward yourselves when you've achieved it.