Kids will forever drag their feet when it comes to doing household chores. There are so many other things your kids would much rather be doing. Video games, heading outside to play, or going to a friend’s house come to mind as a few activities your kids would much rather be doing than household chores. This is quite common, the fight between parent and kids regarding household chores. The fight doesn’t have to exist though, you can work to ensure those kids get those household chores done in a fun way with these tips!
Pretend to be your Favorite Super Hero
This is a fun activity for younger kids. Allow your kids to dress up or pretend to be a super hero or favorite fairy princess. Tell your kids that this is their magical kingdom and you must get it tidied up for the royal guests (or super hero besties) to arrive. Watch as your kids clean up the house in character, smiling the whole time!
Create a Challenge
Kids love a good challenge, something that pushes them to be stronger, better, independent. You see most tire of the mundane task of doing the same household chore year after year. Once your kids have mastered one chore in a specific way or at a specific level, make the task harder or give them more difficult household chores. Watch as your kid gets more involved because of the challenge put forth to work harder to accomplish more.
Allow Music to be Played
Music can really motivate many people, kids included. Consider allowing music to be played while your kids clean their bedrooms, the living room and even the bathroom. Music will help keep their mind off the task at hand, and keep them in a chipper mood while doing household chores. For parents, this option may help drown out the kids complaining.
Assign Monetary Value
Using Post-it notes assign a monetary value to each chore. Write down one chore per Post-it note and have a cash value written on the same note. Have your children take turns selecting the chore they will complete. Once done, have them write them name on the paper & place the Post-it note in a household chores box that pays out weekly based on who completed which chore.
Use a Timer
This is great for kids who have ADHD and can’t remain focused on one task for too long. Set a timer for intervals of 5 or 10 minutes. When the timer is started have the kids go through the house picking up any trash, toys, loose items, etc. and placing them where they belong. When the timer goes off, assign another chore that can be done quickly or repeat the same one until said chore is finished.
Why Household Chores for kids?
Household chores teach kids that a family is full of mutual responsibility. When a kid grows up knowing that household chores are simply a part of life, they learn that teamwork matters. Each of these 5 ways to make household chores fun helps to encourage your kids to continuously complete chores in a way that makes them feel a part of something larger than themselves, family!
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