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Getting your kids to do their chores without complaints

Updated on October 11, 2009

Nobody wants to nag their kids to clean their room, take out the trash or wash the dishes. Kids tend to rebel against their chores. They also tend to leave these chores until you make them do it. This is not how I want my kids to behave. I have written down some common sense tips to help you keep your kids doing their chores, without you having to nag them. You may be surprised as to just how easy it can be to get your kids to do their chores.

Motivational tips

  1. Write it down. If you create a clear chart of what you expect kids to do and when you expect it to be done. Then it is harder for them to procrastinate. You might even think about making a large chart with everything that needs to happen each week. Making a schedule and keeping to it will save you plenty of time in the long run.
  2. Have clear rewards and punishments for chores not being completed at the scheduled time. This is what is called the carrot and the stick method. The idea being: to use reward and punishment to get your kids to do, what you want them to do. Rewards can take the form of a monthly allowance or a tasty treat after completing their chores. Punishment can be revoking TV or video game privileges.

    Once they fall into the routine of cleaning their rooms, you will no longer have to nag them to do it.

    The key to making this work is to be consistent and not to let them have their reward unless they do as you told them. No matter how much they complain you have to stick to the rules.
  3. Team work. This works well if you have more than one kid. If you have them work together on their chores, they will quickly learn it’s much easier and more fun if they work together to get the job done.

    Some kids enjoy helping their parents wash the dishes, clean the house or make meals. It makes them feel more important when they contribute to the family’s well being.
  4. Make it into a game. Regardless of what you want your kids to do. It’s easier to get them to do it, if they think of the task as fun and important. You can make it more fun by turning it into a game. For instance if you have more than one kid have each one wash a car. The one who does the best job gets a prize. You can also have them race to see who cleans their rooms the quickest.

Learning how to take care of a house and the importance of cleaning in a disciplined way is well worth while time and effort for any kid. If they learn how to do it early in life, then they are more likely to grow into disciplined and well mannered adults.

I hope the advice here helps you to make your home a happier cleaner place.

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      9 years ago

      Allotting chores to kids, according to their age, makes them responsible, and also teaches them the value of time and money at a very young age.

      My kids are 7 and 3. When it came to chores, I just browsed the net and found some chore charts (my kids liked the designs in the website kidrewardzone). We filled up the chores and columns to mark a star in each chore. There is a minus for each negative behavior, like tantrums, not using dustbins for trash, and so on. They would get bucks for each star minus each negative mark. A trip to the park on Saturday, if BOTH get all the stars (here I don't count the negatives)for the week. Now, there are no arguments, yelling, and shouting. Its only "YAAAAYYY..."

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      9 years ago from Quezon City, Philippines

      very nice tips for young kids. but when they grow up, they sometimes tire of the whole thing.


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