Kids Chores – Get The Kids to Help Keep the House Clean
Comment posted on Kids Chores – How To Get The Kids to Help Keep the House Clean by Amy LeForge
We’ve battled with chores around here for years. Boys have much more fun stuff to do than keep the house clean! What finally seems to have worked is a structured chore plan that results in the boys getting a weekly allowance. 11 year olds get 5 dollars per week, 7 year olds get 3 dollars per week. We’ll raise that on birthdays by a dollar so it’s roughly half their age. Chores take a few minutes per day, plus boys are asked to pick up their rooms nightly.
My attitude is they are blessed with a pretty nice home…they should demonstrate some team spirit and gratefulness by helping out to keep things nice. For the most part they’ve been cooperative with the plan and I’ve come up with devious consequences like “reduced computer time” if they get messy somewhere. I just this morning announced that I’m not going to let them spend their dollars if they have a messy room and voila! The room that I couldn’t walk through is passable. I’ve been working on my Mean Mom badge this week.
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