How To Get Your Kids To Do Their Chores




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Your kids can benefit greatly from doing their chores. They’ll learn about responsibility, gain self-reliance, and develop discipline, among other things. Unfortunately, that probably isn’t enough motivation for them.


How do you get your kids to do something beneficial when they aren’t interested? Here are a few ideas


Make It Fun

Once your kids are old enough, they might be eager to help out around the house. Eventually, though, they’re going to realize that chores are boring. If you can find a way to keep chores fun, your kids will be happy to clean your home.


Are your kids interested in music? Have a singing party while doing the dishes. Do they love Star Wars? Pretend that you’re all cleaning the Millennium Falcon and act like your favorite characters. Whatever they’re into, you’ll have a much easier time getting them to do their chores if you can include their interests.     


Give Them Some Responsibility

When I was little, I always wanted to help my dad mow the lawn. I wasn’t interested in making our yard look good, but I really wanted to drive around on our old riding mower. I was beyond thrilled once I finally got the opportunity to try it myself, and I did my best to cut the grass evenly.


Your kids may not be ready for sharp blades and complex machinery, but they won’t get bored as quickly if their chores are challenging. And if they feel like they have a say in the tasks they perform, they’ll be more excited to help out.


Create Structure, But Change Routine

Get your kids in the habit of doing their chores at the same time every day. This will help give them a clear understanding of what is expected of them, which will make life easier for all of you.


Within your set chore time, be sure to change your routine on a regular basis. This will give your kids a chance to practice new tasks, and the variety will keep them from getting burned out on chores altogether.   


Offer Praise

Positive reinforcement is important in shaping your kids’ behavior, so be sure to praise them whenever they finish their chores. After all, they did a good job!


How do you get your kids to do their chores? Let us know in the comments below!

By Luke Smith

 






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