How to Motivate Your Kids to Help with the Housework
Unless you are one of the lucky ones, you
likely have a hard time getting your children to help out with chores around
What if I told you that there were ways to
motivate your child to help with the housework, rather than having to force
them into doing it?
Well, you came to the right place. In this
post, you will find six way’s to get your children excited about housework. At
the very least, it will make them hate chores a little less.
Make it more like playtime
This works well with smaller children. Put on some favorite silly tunes, and let them dance around the rooms while they clean. Children can wiggle away while they help mom or dad unload the dishwasher, wipe down cabinets or appliances, put away toys, or just about any other chore you can think of.
Another option is to have a singing contest
while they clean. Each child has a task to do and their chance to sing is while
they complete their task. If they don’t complete their task or do it correctly,
they lose points. Feel free to come up with your own method of this game as
well for what works best with your children.
Create a colorful and fun chore
Instead of just telling your children what
chores you want them to complete, you can use a chore chart. Make your own, or
find one that is existing. I recommend creating your own with the help of your
children so that you can make it colorful and playful. This will keep your
child’s attention much better than a plain chart from the internet.
You can put the chart on the fridge, and use
magnets to mark whether the chore has been completed for the day or not. You
can create a reward system with this method as well. For example, if your child
completes their chores every night during the week, they get ice cream or a
treat on the weekend.
Switch it up from time to time
Children get bored and lose interest very
easily. To prevent this, you can switch up the chores from child to child so
that each child does not feel they are doing the same thing every day, or
getting the “worse chore” than the other child (can you tell I have heard this
You can also designate certain chores to be
done on a rotating schedule so that your children are doing different chores on
a day-to-day or week-to-week basis.
Show praises when they help
Make them feel like they are contributing to
something important. When they finish a chore such as folding the laundry,
cheer for them, or give big thank-you hugs! When they help you vacuum, give
high-fives and tell them how much they have helped you.
Children like feeling important and helpful.
When you show them praise or include them in things, it gives them a sense of
purpose and encourages them to continue helping.
Create a chore jar
Using popsicle sticks, you can put together a
little jar with different chores that need to be completed. At chore time, let
your children pull some popsicle sticks out of the jar. You can color code
these if you want for different rooms or chore types. This will make it more
fun and let the children have a little more control in their chores. You can
allow them to exchange chores if both children agree.
Break out the allowance
This works best for older children especially.
Create a list where each chore or task is worth a certain amount of money. For
example, taking out the trash can be worth $1, while sweeping the kitchen floor
can be worth $2. Washing the car, now that’s worth $5-$10.
You can adjust this accordingly to your budget
and your children’s age. This is a great way to get your kids to do chores as
well as teaching them about money and how hard work is rewarded. When your
children ask for money, you can direct them to the list where they can earn the
money they need.
You just read the six ways you can motivate
your children to help with housework. Just remember to maintain a steady
routine and stay consistent, and I guarantee that at least one of these methods
will be helpful in your families chore routine.