Like spouses, kids can be an endless source of mess and getting your kids to do their chores an absolute nightmare.
Alexandria Blaelock, author of Ms Blaelock’s Book of Minimally Viable Housekeeping, says “There are a lot of reasons why getting your kids to do chores is a good idea, the main one being you have more important things to do with your time than be always picking up after them.”
Here are Blaelock’s tips for getting your kids to do chores:
- Start early: younger children are more likely to want to help, but be less capable of doing so. Start at their level and increase as they age. For example, let a small child help pull the comforter up the bed, and over time, make it their responsibility.
- A place for everything: when every item you own has its own storage space, it’s easier to find it when you need it, so start by creating places (like toyboxes) for everything to go.
- Gamify: For example, shoot hoops with laundry and waste, set a timer and see who finishes first, or have a weekly scavenger hunt to pick up and return toys.
- Pay Wages: Make their allowance contingent on doing the chores. If they’re saving for something special, consider “bob-a-job” where they can perform additional tasks for extra money.
- Reassess Regularly: obviously what worked for your terrific toddler won’t work for your terrible teenager. Reassess your reward structures regularly.
Alexandria’s tips for getting your kids to do chores won’t be the answer to every issue, but it will give you more time for other things that matter.
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