If we are being honest with ourselves, no-one enjoys doing chores. Kids especially don’t enjoy doing chores! However, kids need to have chores to teach them responsibility and it helps teach them to properly care for their own stuff. Getting your children to do chores is sometimes a chore in itself. So, how do we get kids to do chores without making it a fight? It’s actually pretty easy – most of the time!
I’ve broken my method down into 5 simple steps to help you create a chore chart for your kids that are age appropriate and have worked in our house!
Step 1 – Make the Chores Age and Skill Appropriate
The chores you select for your chid need to be age appropriate. This way their attention span will be kept and it is a task they can complete and feel good about themselves at the same time. You can download my chores for kids by age sheet HERE !
Step 2 – Make it Fun
When you are first teaching little ones about chores, make it fun! Try starting off with something simple like let’s see how many toys we can pick up in 2 minutes. Or do the 10 second tidy like Loonette on Big Comfy Couch, I know that show is pretty old but I think it is the best idea!
Step 3 – Create a Chart (or buy one)
Creating a chore chart is a nice visual that will allow your child to see what he or she is supposed to be doing. You can browse Pinterest or do a simple search online to create a chart that works for you and your family. I took the easy route and bought a responsibility chart from Melissa and Doug and we change it up every week to keep things interesting.
Step 4 – Give an Allowance
Not everyone agrees with giving children an allowance and that is ok. However, if you are open to it then let your child know what they receive every week for completing their chores and what the consequence is if they don’t.
Step 5 – Do Not Waiver
As parents it is easy for us to just do the chore for the child. We want it done right so we do it. If at all possible avoid doing this. You might have to help your child get it right but you truly are helping them by sticking to the plan.
I find the best way for them to learn is by setting a good example and showing them that we put the effort in and so should they!
How do you delegate chores in your house?