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Moms Talk: Should Kids Do Yard Work?

We're asking St. Louis parents to suggest age-appropriate activities that can keep kids active outdoors.

Grass is growing at a furious pace in St. Louis thanks to recent sunshine and ample rain.

Suppose you've got kids with cabin fever. They need to get outdoors more. You want to make their time in the sun fun and productive.

So onto this week's question: Should parents feel OK asking their kids to do yard work? What types of outdoor work are appropriate for young children? How about teenagers? And are there certain outdoor cleanup tasks that only adults should handle?

Laura Falk March 21, 2012 at 01:54 PM
My kids (ages 3 and 9) are great at raking, as well as picking up sticks and sweet gum balls.
James Baer March 21, 2012 at 02:06 PM
Do they get a small stipend for their work?
Laura Falk March 21, 2012 at 02:16 PM
Not at our house, but if they help out at their grandmother's house they do.
Jayne Langsam March 21, 2012 at 05:49 PM
Of course kids can help. Mine don't of course. If you are outside working, what a perfect opportunity to have your children join you and at the same time feeling productive.
Nate Birt March 21, 2012 at 06:10 PM
I agree, Jayne. My dad trimmed the backyard hedges when I was growing up, and the kids' responsibilities included picking up the clippings, bagging leaves, etc. It's not necessarily fun, but there's strength in numbers.

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