Let’s start this by saying that making your kids do chores around the house can be difficult and sometimes almost impossible. I mean, they are kids, so they don’t like to clean. They love to make mess, play, watch cartoons, and eat snacks. Cleaning is not on their to-do list. But, there are ways that we can trick them into helping us clean, or if you can’t trick them into doing some chores, you can bribe them. Or, if you don’t like the word bribe, you can use the reward system.
So here are some tips on how to make your kids help you around the house.
Ask them to be your helpers. There is nothing more that kids love than to feel grown-up. They love to feel like they are the ones helping you, not the other way around. So make sure to let them know how crucial their help is for you, and they will do it.
Praise them. Make sure to let your kids know how much it means to you when they help you. They want to know that you appreciate their help, however small it is.
Let them choose their chores. Let your kids chose the chores they want to do. Give them options instead of forcing them into doing something. They will not do anything if they feel like you are forcing them. So put options in front of them, and they will feel like they are the ones in charge.
Make cleaning fun. If you have younger kids, you can make a game out of cleaning. Make cleaning competitions, and set a reword for whoever wins. And make sure that if you have two or more kids to let them know that they are all winners.
Take into consideration kids age and what they can do. And last but not least important, when you are giving kids chores, make sure that tasks are age-appropriate. And you have to listen to make sure that the job is not too hard for them. You can’t have a 3yo set the table, but 3yo can help you match the sox and put them away or put toys in the basket. So keep in mind their age, and they can do.
I hope you find these tips helpful. Tell me in the comments how you make your kids help you around the hose. What tricks you use? I want to know.
Until nest time, my darlings, please stay safe, I love you, and I will talk to you soon.