Do you struggle with getting your kids to do their chores? Have you found that it’s actually easier to do everything yourself than it is to get your kids involved with the household chores? Implementing responsibilities around the house can be such a struggle!
Which of these descriptions describes your household best?
1 – My kids are uber-responsible and they help with housework eagerly. In fact, they see what needs to be done around the house and do it without me even asking.
2 – My kids whine and complain whenever I ask them to do anything. They need constant reminders to do their chores and when finally do the tasks, they do them half-heartedly.
If you identify with the first one then I’m not sure why you’re even searching for information about chores. You’ve obviously got everything worked out and I’m happy for you! If you identify with the second one, then keep reading. I have all sorts of simple chore tips to help you get a handle on making the chores process smoother at your house.
My guess is that most of us fall somewhere between the two descriptions. Our kids probably started out more like the first description but somehow we’ve lost our way and our family is looking more and more like the second.
Believe me, I can relate. My boys are teens and we’ve experienced the entire spectrum of difficulties when it comes to getting kids to do their chores. Fortunately, I’ve learned a few things along the way and I’m eager to share these tips with you!
Just Getting Started With Chores?
Information to help you decide whether or not you should try to implement chores around your home in the first place. If you’re on the fence, this is a great place to start!
Do you feel guilty for wanting your kids to do chores? Think you should be able to manage things on your own without help? If you aren’t able to keep up with everything on your own, that’s actually a benefit for your family. Here’s why!
Unsure of how to successfully start assigning chores to your kids? Here are a bunch of tips that have worked for our family!
If this is your first look at chores for kids, it can be a bit overwhelming. But the time and effort it takes to get your kids to help out around the house are certainly worth it!
Which Chores Should I Have My Kids Do?
Now that you’re convinced that you DO want to start assigning chores to your kids you might be wondering which tasks your kids should do. The following post has a FREE Printable & Editable Chores Packet which includes suggested chores lists broken down by age to help you make that decision.
Want to be sure your kids can move out and take care of themselves someday? Here is a list of some basic skills you’ll want to cover with your kids. A FREE, PRINTABLE list of these is also available.
If we want our boys to grow into responsible men, there are some important things we need to allow them to do when they’re growing up. One of these things is to be responsible to complete chores around the home. Read this post to learn about 10 more things I recommend.
Simple Chore Tips for Getting Kids to Do Their Chores
So, you’ve decided which chores would be best to assign to your kids and you’re eager to get started. Want to know some good smart strategies for actually getting your kids to do their chores without a lot of whining?!?
If you want to be able to reward your kids but you don’t want to pay them, this post offers many alternative ideas for both younger and older children.
Tired of nagging? Here are a couple of techniques which help to motivate our children through the use of money. One recommendation is from the book Cleaning House: A Mom’s 12-Month Experiment to Rid Her Home of Youth Entitlement by Kay Wills Wyma. The other is from Dr. Kevin Leman’s program called 3 Easy Steps to Help Around the House.
If you used to have a handle on chores but somehow you’ve lost your way, this post will help. Learn about my family’s experience as well as some tips to get some control back in this challenging area.
If you have older children and you could use some help figuring out how to implement chores in your house, this post contains information about an app you’ll want to check out. Let technology be your friend in this area!
And there you have it. Be consistent and patient and your kids may just surprise you!
The time and effort it takes to implement a chore system will be well worth it. Not only will your job be less demanding over time but your kids will also benefit from learning responsibility as well as valuable skills that will serve them well in life.
Have you struggled to get your kids to do chores? Do you have any other tips you can share? Please leave a comment below.