Kids Chores – Get The Kids to Help Keep the House Clean
Many of you have probably felt the pain of pulling the load and trying to get the kids to help with the chores.
It can be darn rough getting everyone else to pitch in.
Cleaning up is not a lot of fun, especially when the mess is out of hand.
It seems that kids in particular are very good at distracting themselves and ignoring the mess – hey, they’ve got things to do, right?
WHAT TO DO
I’ve dealt with this kind of thing myself and it is an ongoing challenge to keep everyone motivated. As the kids get older they seem to be getting better at it.
Here are a few tips that worked for me…
1. Let everyone choose their chores – within reason – who does what etc. Sometimes chores can be divided with everyone being happier if they get to choose what they get to do. If more than one person wants to do the same thing, the only solution is to rotate the chore between them and give the other one something else to do in the in between. If you can give them their second choice for those days, all the better. Sometimes letting them work a deal out between themselves can work – use your own judgment on that one!
2. Make it fun. Create a job jar and let everyone pick a chore every day. Depending on how many people are in the house, even one chore finished per person can make a big difference if done every day. Depending on the jobs, you may be able to have everyone choose more than one.
3. Choose a cut off time that works for everyone when they need to be done. Make it early enough that everyone isn’t too tired to do it. You can play with it to see what works best, nothing is written in stone.
4. Get the timer and require everyone to work for 5 to 15 minutes as fast as they can every day during the designated time period – with one day of rest. Make it a game to see who can go fast keeping safety in mind of course. No rushing around with knives to the dishwasher or running down the stairs etc. Safety first, then rock it! Wearing running shoes can help and are good feet protectors too.
5. Pay allowance. I pay my kids $2.50 per 15 minutes – on average they do 15 minutes per day. It’s less than I would pay a maid, it gives them spending money so I don’t have to give them ‘free’ money and it teaches them about working and earning money – if they don’t do their chores, they don’t get paid. If they want to do extra to earn more money, they can. And they are learning to clean up after themselves – and me sometimes! It’s win, win.
6. Have a theme for the week and everyone pitches in for a set amount of time ‘on theme’.
7. Put a 5 minute target on the calender daily. Surprise them when they get home. It’s fun and you could be amazed at the difference this can make. I find it a great way to take care of those little things that can be neglected.
8. Use the My Clean House Simple Housework System and create a space for each person on it daily. Write their chore in – when they are finished – they get to check it off! It’s more fun than it sounds :0) I live for those check marks :0) You can put a reward system in place once they have a certain amount of check marks – or their check mark for the day.
9. Start slow – don’t over do or you will have rebellion on your hands! Better to ease in and add later as everyone becomes accustomed to the routine – and to the new look of the place and ease of living that comes with it.
10. Reward a job well done with something special. Sometimes I will give a bonus when there is no complaining, or when someone does a job without being asked or puts an especially good effort into it. It could be a little extra ‘pay’, or it could be time off if that works for everyone.
11. Ask ‘what will you do for me?’ Sometimes a little trading goes a long way. If you are at the point of feeling that you are always giving and not getting a lot of help in return, hold back a bit of your own. This will help to teach cooperation and responsibility and might help you to get a few things done around the house. Next time someone needs a ride that is going to take you 1/2 hour of your time, trade 1/2 hour of chore time. It may seem an outrage at first but they will get used to it. Let them know in a common sense kind of way – don’t be rude, just state the fact that if you drive them, you won’t have the half hour to clean up and need the help.
Even something as small as taking out the garbage for you can be a step in the right direction.
And for goodness sake – no rewards until the jobs are done. Leaving the house for a fun trip? Check the chores first. Works great.
Try a few of these tips and see how it goes.
Remember, some may work better than others for you. Motivation and cleaning style can be a very individual thing. You may even find that one method works for one member of your household and another works better for somebody else. Just keep it fair at all costs or you will have – you guessed it – mutiny on your hands!
Keep a positive attitude but be firm. You will need to spend some time checking the jobs when they are finished to be sure that they are done and done well. That’s where the time cut of also comes in handy.
I often do chores along with them, sometimes it’s necessary to keep everyone moving and to create a sense of team work and accountability. It may depend on your children’s ages as well.
Don’t expect too much or make it a time to dread – you can even lighten it up with music. Some kids will wear their ipod, or you can put some great tunes on the radio or cd player too.
MORE HELP GETTING THE KIDS TO HELP!
Get That Chores List Done – Motivate Your Kids To Do It! – How to truly motivate your kids to help out around the house rather than grudgingly do a half hearted job.
Helping Kids Clean House – Top 10 Tips – Helpful tips to help you to help the kids to get their household chores done. Very helpful :0))
WHAT WORKS FOR YOU?
I’d love to hear how these tips work for you and I would really love to hear YOUR suggestions.
What works for you?
You can tell us about it in the comments section below.
Have a Shiney Day :0)
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