#260 Should Teens Do Chores? Interview with Lori Sugarman-Li

#260 Should Teens Do Chores? Interview with Lori Sugarman-Li

Do your teens help around the house? Do they have weekly chores? Is it a chore to get your teens to do their chores? Does your teen promise to clean their room or do the laundry and they just keep putting it off till you feel like pulling your hair out? Have you given up on having your teens do chores because they have a rigorous academic schedule?

Today I have a guest who will help us explore these questions. She calls herself an advocate for the value of unpaid labor.

Bio: Lori Sugarman-Li believes deeply in the power of families and is a passionate voice in the cultural shift aiming to articulate the value and visibility of unpaid work. Her career as a Communications Strategist, combined with a decade devoted to full-time care of her family, community, and children’s charities worldwide, served as the inspirational backdrop for her professional relaunch as a Coach, Speaker, and Author. She is dedicated to fostering meaningful conversations within families, encouraging them to contemplate how they care for one another and their shared space. Lori, her husband, and two sons are Canadian-born and live steps from Lake Michigan in Chicago.

Here are some of the questions we explored.

How should families approach the allocation of household roles to encourage participation from each member? In what ways can parents help their children connect with tasks that play to their strengths? What advice do you have for families to ensure everyone’s preferences and abilities are respected and accommodated? How does assigning tasks aligned with a teen’s interests influence their sense of responsibility? How do you suggest we teach teens to see the value in the unpaid work that goes into running a home? What language shifts do you propose for discussing domestic work that can help elevate its importance? Could you share some insights on how to illustrate the deeper significance of everyday chores to teens?

“Because the ultimate goal, the real desire here is full task ownership by everybody. Because what we know is that not only does the mother perform 75% of the executional work, but typically the mother is holding all of the mental and emotional work as well.”








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