Do I Have To?: How Chores Empower Families

The Foundation of Childhood Chores

Hilltown Families presents ... Do I Have To?: How Chores Empower Families, a FREE interactive and fun presentation for adults with author Susan Tordella at 6:30pm on Wednesday, March 30th at Cup & Top Cafe (1 North Main St.) in Florence, MA. Learn how cleaning toilets, washing dishes and raking leaves empower families.

Author of Raising Able: How Chores Cultivate Capable Young People (, Susan Tordella will share how the triad of family meetings-chores-and-dinner empower children to make good decisions, enable parents to retire from family servant, and create a positive family atmosphere.

In this free presentation, expect to hear stories, laugh and participate while learning a positive system to influence children to make good decisions. The goal is to nurture young people to become trustworthy teenagers who choose wisely when they are 60 miles away going 60 miles an hour. Childhood chores establish a foundation for self-discipline and making good decisions.

This free presentation for adults will be at Cup & Top Cafe in Florence, MA on Wednesday, March 30th at 6:30pm. Donations to Hilltown Families are welcomed.  Refreshments will be available for purchase through the cafe, along with copies of Susan’s book, Raising Able.  For more information email Hilltown Families at  Childcare is NOT available.  We hope you can join us!

  • WHAT: Do I Have To?: How Chores Empower Families, an interactive presentation with author Susan Tordella
  • WHERE: Cup & Top Cafe, 1 North Main St., Florence, MA
  • WHEN: Wednesday, March 30th, 2010 at 6:30pm
  • COST: Free.  Donations to Hilltown Families are welcomed.
  • CONTACT: Hilltown Families,


Susan Tordella, M.A., is a parenting expert, coach and author who has studied and practiced Adlerian psychology for more than 20 years. Susan credits living with four teenagers for 13 years as a teacher of how to manage people, emotions and events. A former journalist and director of a private non-profit, Susan received multiple awards for excellence in both fields. Susan has taught scores of people the Adlerian approach to manage families, business and life. She blogs at and is the author of “Raising Able: how chores cultivate capable young people.”

Photo credit: (ccl) Clogozm

Summer Fun: More for Your Money on Wednesdays

Look Park Offers Half-Price on Wednesdays and Family Entertainment

Water Spray Park at Look Park in Florence, MA

(Water Spray Park) In addition to paid attractions, there are plenty of fun free things to do, including the Water Spray Park, Walking/Biking Paths, Playgrounds, Tennis, and even a small Zoo. There is a entrance fee to bring your car into the park. Season passes are available, and well worth the investment. (Photo credit: Sienna Wildfield)

Look Park announces that all Wednesdays between Memorial Day and Labor Day will be 1/2 price for all paid attractions.

Paid attractions include:

  • Train Rides
  • Pedal Boats
  • Miniature Golf
  • Bumper Boats
  • Click here to see prices

Free attraction include:

  • Water Spray Park
  • Walking/Biking Paths
  • Playgrounds
  • Tennis Courts
  • Baseball Fields
  • Volleyball Sand Pits
  • Zoo

Family Entertainment

Also on Wednesday in June at Look Park is family entertainment at the Pines Theater at 10am. The series features a collection of children’s performers who sing, dance, and perform a variety of children’s activities on stage. Performances last anywhere from 45 minutes to an hour The Look Park Children’s Entertainment Series is a program run by Look Park at the Pines Theater. The series features a collection of children’s performers who sing, dance, and perform a variety of children’s activities on stage. Performances last anywhere from 45 minutes to an hour on Wednesday mornings during the summer. The shows have proven to be a great place to take children for fun summer activities. Click here for ticket prices.

Here is their current July schedule:

  • July 15Ed Popielarczyk
    Ed takes a lot of pride in bringing smiles to his friend’s faces. Whether he is performing a magic show or making a balloon creation, he is entertaining. The magic in what he does is not making a big duck riding a motorcycle out of balloons or fooling someone during a magic show, but the laughter that it brings. That is the TRUE MAGIC!!
  • July 22Gerwick Puppets “The Case of the Missing Woodpile”
    Marylou and Bruce star in this musical mystery. They’re busy with all sorts of summer activities, when suddenly the pile of wood for a chicken coop disappears! Jon Klein, an instructor at Berklee College of Music, wrote the jazz score. All puppets sing as well as try to solve the mystery.
  • July 29 – UNH Little Red Wagon Tour
    The Little Red Wagon’s “A Midsummer Night’s Dream” is specifically designed for young audiences. Fairies, maidens, magic and fools abound in this wonderful introduction to the world’s greatest playwright. With audience participation and a good dose of comedy, it’s easy to enjoy Shakespeare’s most popular play. Appropriate for all ages.

Let other families in the region know about special events and destinations this summer.  Click here to post your event/suggestion.

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