How To Get Your Kids To Do Their Chores
Great ideas for making chore time easier on you and your children. Simple ideas on how make chores more fun so children will do them. Also a new idea about allowance.
Getting your children to do their chores can be a challenge. However, with a little thought and imagination you can make chore time more fun and easier on both you and your children. Here are several ideas, some new and others old classics, to make chore time easier.
Throughout the years, parents have resorted to the use of an allowance to bribe their children into chores. However, allowance doesn't have to be a bribe, it can be a payment. If chores are looked at as responsibility instead of punishment, an allowance can be looked at as payment for a job well done instead of a bribe. Never say to your child "If you clean your room, I'll give you five bucks." Instead, after the job is complete and done well let your child know she is being paid for a job well done.
There are different tactics on how to handle allowance. Some parents prefer to pay by the job completed while other have a flat rate for week and if all is completed then payment is made.
Or a whole other route could be taken. Instead of money, kids can be paid in points. When the child earns so many points he gains a privilege. If the job is not done, then points can be taken away. Also, points can be deducted as punishment for things such as leaving a mess, fighting with a sibling or talking back to parents. Privileges such as watching a video or going to the park are given a point value. The trickiest part of this method is keeping track of the points earned, deducted and spent.
A completely different idea to making chore time easier is to make it fun. You can have races to see who gets the most toys put away the fastest. Or try assigning colors. Have one child put away all the green items while another picks up all the blue. Set a timer and have them race the clock. A fun clean-up game is to have one child balance on one foot and count how long they can stand with out loosing their balance. The number of seconds the child counts is the number of toys the other child (children) must put away. This game is great for younger children, but older children will need a more challenging activity than balancing on one foot. Involve your children by having them help make up the games.
Also, so everyone knows who has which responsibilities create a chart that lists each family member and his chores and keep in a visible place, such as the refrigerator. When the job is completed mark it off with a check mark or sticker. This way there are no more arguments over whose turn it is to wash the dishes or feed the cat.
Another great way to assign chores is to write down each chore on an index card. Then have each child draw a card from the pile. The chore on the card can either be the chore of the day or the chore of the week. If there are some chores that are needed to be done daily while others only need to be weekly, make separate piles of cards depending on frequency that it needs to be done. Then have each child pick a card from each pile. To make it easier to keep track of these chores make a chart. A simple chart is to put each child's name on a card attach it to a bulletin board of the fridge, then simply attach the cards that have been chosen under the appropriate name.
No matter which method you choose to help your children do their chores, it is important to remain consistent. It is also important to follow up and make sure the job has been done correctly. Also remember children of different ages can't handle the same amount responsibility. With a little creativity and lots of follow through chore time can become much more pleasant for both you and your children.