5 Tips to Motivate Children to Do Chores

My son LOVES to help do things around our home. From cooking to cleaning up, he's my little helper. Of course this will probably change once he's older and actually responsible for chores.

5 Tips to Motivate Children to Complete Chores

So how to keep him motivated while "helping" do his chores?!

I recently read "5 Tips for Parents to Motivate Children to Complete Their Responsibilities Around the Home by Gregg Murset, Founder & CEO of MyJobChart.com

These tips are very helpful so I wanted to share them with you

  1. Connect Helping Around the House with a Special Day or Additional Activity Time Sometimes all a child wants is some special time with mom and dad, maybe a trip to the zoo, to see a movie or to go out to eat at a favorite restaurant. Have a standing arrangement that every week or month, if assigned tasks are completed properly, you will grant them one wish to do something.
  2. Go on Strike If you give your children something to do and they skip out on it, do not do it for them. Even the most stubborn teen will take notice when they run out of clean laundry.
  3. Allow Help During summer break or on a long weekend give your kids a large project to complete and let them invite friends over to help. While painting the backyard fence or shoveling mulch for the yard might not sound fun to you it could be a blast for a group of kids. Especially if you offer to host a pizza party after the work is done.
  4. Create Trades Competition runs rampant between siblings so take advantage of it. If one of your kids is assigned a task and he/she doesn’t want to complete it, allow for trades between kids. The child who wants to trade his/her task can give up the reward tied to that chore to a sibling in exchange for the sibling doing it. If one sibling is willing to put in all the effort, the others will quickly take notice and want to contribute when they are not getting any of the rewards.
  5. Let Kids Earn Money to Support A Special Charity They Pick Help your child find a charity or cause they want to support, and tell them by finishing tasks around the house, the money they earn will go as a donation. The donation could be made once a year, every month or every week, depending on your child, but if they can see how their hard work helps animals, another child or to help find a cure, they will be more engaged.

Which tip will you try with your family?


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14 comments:

  1. I need to send this to my sister. My niece and nephew are good kids, but getting them to do their chores is like pulling teeth.

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  2. My kids know what they have to do and do it. I don't give them allowance, either, but I buy them stuff all the time.

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  3. Letting them run our laundry is a big one! That definitely spurs anyone to get things done.

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  4. I found my ids are happy to do chores, if I remember to tell them. I need to make the a list. I am a slacker!

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  5. I like the create trades idea. The only thing is there is a 5 year age gap between my children and I don't know how that would work with them. I like all the ideas though.

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  6. I'd love to try the go on strike one, however I have before and it never ends well. Nothing gets done, so letting them help me makes it much easier and everyone wants to help! - Jeanine

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  7. I love these ideas... having them collect money to give not only teaches them that they can earn money, but also how to help others. This is awesome

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  8. This is a topic that seems to come up a lot in regards to getting children to help with chores. I don't have any specific tips yet, but I love the idea of letting them earn money to then donate to a charity of their choice. Great idea!

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  9. I think I like the whole strike one! I would totally do that! My kiddo is a little too young yet, but if there are problems when he gets older then we will be doing some of these.

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  10. I will try all of these tips with my son. He doesn't want to do chores very often.

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  11. I like the idea of trading. I would have given anything to trade away my unloading the dishwasher job!

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  12. Teaching kids to do chores is important in their development! Plus it lightens some of your load!

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  13. These are great tips. It's important that we teach our kids to do the chores while they are still young.

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  14. I think my mom and dad's approach was the best. There was no NO, just do it. The motivation was their disapproval and loss of all priviledges. It worked wonders.

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