How to get kids to help with chores at home without drama and tears
Kids don’t seem to enjoy washing dishes, cleaning their bedrooms or putting the rubbish out, and sometimes making them do their chores can be more exhausting and take longer than doing it yourself! However unless you want to be their maid (and create adults that no-one wants to live with), they should contribute to the household. But… how?
Find appropriate tasks
Your four year old isn’t equipped to mow the lawns, and your 14 year old doesn’t want to clean out his sister’s rabbit hutch. While everyone should help out, there are some tasks that children will have logical tendencies for. There are some great ideas for age-appropriate tasks here.
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Make it fun
While cleaning isn’t always a fun task, making it challenging or fun can relieve you of some nagging. Making your children clean each other’s rooms on occasion may give kids an insight into the mess they create, and also will add sibling rivalry to the mix- nothing like a bit of peer pressure to encourage tidiness!
While cleaning the kitchen is a daily task, some tasks can be rotated so there are a variety of jobs each week. Whether it’s washing floors, vacuuming, washing out the fish bowl, or cleaning the bathroom, provide variety to break the monotony.
Punish refusal or reward compliance?
Experts are divided on whether punishment or rewarding a child works. Perhaps their pocket money is dependent on them doing their chores each week. Maybe a sticker chart or system of tokens as rewards works. Maybe changing the WiFi password until chores are done may encourage compliance! Find what works for you- it may not be the same as others as every child is different. However, consistency is key, so good luck and may the (cleaning) force be with you!