Is it pulling hair to get your children to do chores? Well not anymore! We are going to learn some strategies to get your kids to do chores! We are also going to teach them how to succeed and take pride in their work.If you are like many others, you dread cleaning the house and you wonder how you are ever going to get all this work done.
Get Kids To Do Chores (And Help Them Succeed)
First, I had to find age-appropriate chores for each of my children. Next, I made my own chore chart for each of my children. This way they have a clear written instruction about their chores. I also placed a monetary amount for each chore, which would be paid on “payday”. Our rule is if you do the work to standard you get paid for that chore, but if you don’t you lose that amount for that specific chore. For example, if my child had to clean the bathroom, clean their room, and dust for their weekly chores, but they did not clean their room then they would only get paid for the two chores they completed. Think about it, in the real world, you do not get paid for work not done, so why should we teach our children they will.
I also write on their chore chart extra chores they can do at any time to earn extra money. I also put the monetary value of them next to the chore. But the child can not earn extra money for chores until they finish their main chores.
The first day we started, I taught each of my children how to correctly accomplish their chore along with the standard that will need to be met. I walked them what it should look like. I explained their chore charts and told them when they are done with one chore to check it off on their chore chart and then start another chore. I also explained the rules for the extra chores!
Chores can be done on any day you set. We like to pick Tuesdays and Saturdays to accomplish our chores. We typically all work as a family to clean and then branch out to do our individual chores. It seems to work well because we know we can count on us picking up our own stuff in the house. It usually takes us about 1 ½ hours to complete all of our chores.
I remember the days it used to take me hours to clean half the house. What I have learned is it is much easier to have help and children like to take pride in the way their house looks.
I know most kids say chores are not fun and they hate them. But with a few strategies, they can begin to see it really isn’t that bad and actually kind of fun!
We like to play music in our house during chore time. We bought our kids’ cheap mp3 players and they can listen to their own music while doing their chores. Maybe if your child likes books, buy an audiobook. They may look forward to chores because they want to know what happens in their book next. Pick a family reward sometimes to help rally the troops. Maybe a family movie night, or ice cream sundaes. Find something you really enjoy and treat yourself for a job well done.
I suggest, picking the last day of chores for payday. This way the kids see they are doing their chores and will be getting paid that day. We have our kids tithe 10% (they can use for offering for church), save 40%, and spend 50%. I always encourage our children to save for something bigger they may want. I want to teach them not to blow their money on the first thing they see. But in the end, it is up to them. It really does teach responsibility with money.
You don’t have to feel like you are a supermom or dad and do it all yourself. Make it a family affair. It will mean more to you and your kids. They see you leading by example and they want to follow you! I hope you enjoy my tips to get your kids to do chores.
Hi my name is Laurie Shaw and I am the writer at Strategic Homeschooling And More. I am a Christian mom of 3, wife to my wonderful Veteran, and a homeschooling teacher. I have been homeschooling my 3 wonderful kids for 6 years now. It brings me joy homeschooling them. I started blogging about 5 months ago because I wanted to help other families incorporate strategies into their school day to make it as successful as it can be. See I struggled the first couple years, but not anymore. I want to empower you to succeed in your homeschooling journey.