Getting Kids to Do Chores
You know about this. You tried avoiding doing chore too when you were young. But it’s different now, you’re the parent and it’s your kids who are refusing to be useful around the house. This time, it’s you who is not taking “no” for an answer. What do you do?
Everyone will do their chores if you make it a point to incorporate it in your daily routine. Doing chores won’t seem bothersome to them if they have already become a habit. Introduce age-appropriate chores while they’re still young and you won’t need to tell them what to do later on.
Keep a chore chart in the kitchen or family room so that the children can keep track of the things they need to do. They can also tick off their chore once they’re done with it. You can always have a reward system wherein a week’s completed chore is equal to an extra hour or two of playing their favorite game console. You can always discuss this with your kids.
Make sure that you keep things fun and lighthearted. If you treat doing chores as too serious or as if it’s a pain you’d rather not have (hone your acting skills!), your children can pick this up and will get too lazy.
Follow through. Be consistent in assigning and monitoring your children when it comes to chore work.
November 9, 2009 Monday at 2:44 pm