Wednesday, 30 April 2014

How to get your kids to do household chores

Children these days would rather spend most of their time online on social networks or playing videogames that helping their parents to clean the house. Fortunately for you, there are a couple of things that you can do to actually make your kids do their share of chores, so see below for some tried and tested ways to get the kids to help out around the house.

Make them feel that they are helping save Mother Nature

At a young age, children need to know the importance of helping the environment. This includes washing the dishes with a dishwasher that is energy efficient and environmentally friendly.
Explain to your young ones that such a straightforward task can go a very long way when it comes to preventing greenhouse emissions, water wastage, fossil fuel depletion, and so much more!

Use another term besides “chore”

The term “chore” has always had a negative connotation attached to it. For this reason, try to use a different and more engaging term instead. You can use something like “family contributions” or “family work time” to describe the household tasks that you assign to them since this will make them feel that they are doing something important for the entire family.

Schedule at least one “family chore day” per week

Kids would most likely want to do their share of household tasks if the whole family is doing it as well. If you tell your kids to clean their rooms while you are not doing anything yourself, they might feel like they are getting singled out.
Now, if the entire family is engaged in doing various tasks around the house, then it would make your young ones feel that they are actually contributing to the welfare of the household.

Assign different tasks

Kids will become bored if they are told to do the same chore over and over again. With this in mind, it would be best to come up with different or revolving tasks that they can engage in by using a chore chart.
You can do this as often as you want; whether daily, weekly, or monthly. You can revolve tasks such as sweeping the floor, cleaning the yard, washing the dishes, and so much more!

Discuss the schedule with children and agree how often the routines will change so they’ll know what to expect.

No matter what we do, kids will always be kids and it’s a lot easier for them to just play and have fun. However, you get them help with everyday household tasks if you push the right buttons and say the right words. So why not give it a go?

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