How to get your kids to help at home
The younger they learn to do chores, the less resistant they are to do them when they get older.
TEACH BY EXAMPLE
Make sure your kids see you song chores the way you expect them to be done – completely and with a positive attitude.
PROVIDE CLEAR INSTRUCTIONS
Give specific, understandable steps to complete each chore, and then patiently demonstrate how you want it done.
ASSIGN WHAT IS AGE APPROPREATE
Be aware of what is reasonable to expect at each age. Because of coordination, strength, concentration, and general maturity, there are some jobs that kids must grow into.
MAKE IT VISUAL
Write out job description, assignment schedules, or check – off lists, and keep them posted where the kids will see them daily.
STICK WITH A ROUTINE
Set up certain days and times to do chores. Then be consistent with maintaining your routines.
Work together in pairs or as an entire family on certain chores. With others involved, hard tasks seem much easier and get accomplished much faster.
REWARD CHORES DONE WELL
Acknowledge your kids’ attitudes and effort. Show them your appreciation through verbal affirmation, prizes, allowance, or special family time.
Whenever possible, rotate chores with different family members to allow for variety and to encourage all members to learn each job.
KEEP IT FUN
Turn chores into games or contests. Smiling, laughing, or singing makes work seem a lot less like work.
Contributed by Monica Powers
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