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Getting Your Kids to Do Chores


Kids can be stubborn about chores. This can be frustrating for parents since they’re the ones that end up doing all of the extra housework. If you’re struggling to get your kids motivated to do their chores, these tips will help teach them to get the job done.


Make It a Habit

If your children aren’t used to doing chores, chances are you’ll have to continually remind your kids to get their jobs done. In order to get your kids to do their chores willingly, be sure to make it a habit. Simple chores should be done each day, and accountability is very important when first starting to do these chores. Chores should be done at the same time each day or week so that no one is surprised by the fact that it’s time to get some work done.

Use a Reward System

A reward system is a great way to motivate your children to get their chores done. In order for your kids to earn a reward, they need to do their jobs each day without being asked. They can then earn stickers or checks on a chore chart as they work their way to their reward goal. Rewards can definitely vary, including something simple and cheap like a free chore pass or an extra hour of TV.

Do Them Together

No one wants to stop playing or doing something fun in order to get a few chores done. To help encourage your children to do their chores willingly, schedule a chore time for the entire family. By doing all of your chores together, your kids won’t feel like they’re missing out on something. This should help reduce your children’s unwillingness to get their job done.

Don’t Make It Too Hard

If your kids feel overwhelmed and frustrated with their chores, then they’re more likely to try to avoid them. Instead, assign age-appropriate chores to your kids. If you have younger children, you can give them something simple to do like matching socks or wiping down door knobs. As your kids get older, you can assign more difficult chores like sweeping the floor or wiping countertops.

Although it will take some work and effort, it is possible to motivate your kids to get their chores done each day.

What are some strategies you use to get your kids to do their chores?

Annmarie John
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  1. I'm about to create a behavor chart. I think I need a better chore chart too.

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  2. Great tips and need all the advice I can get on this as my girls are getting older. So, thank you ;)

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  3. I think a reward system really helps. Also, it's important to teach kids about chores and responsibility!

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  4. I think that you nailed it with .. do them often.. make it a routine. That is where I fail. If my daughter knew when she had to do them, maybe it would help her accept that it's part of life.

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    1. Routine is key! My kids know they have 2 chores a day, Mon-Fri. If they "forget" then they have 4 the following day. I refuse to break routine!

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  5. I think the key is to do them together. If they don't see you do it, they won't be enticed to help and do chores

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  6. This is such great advice - alongside your other article about introducing chores to the kids. Our 3 year old already has some, but we definitely love the advice about adding more, accountability, and even making them fun. Thanks so much!

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  7. What some great tips, I used to hate doing my jobs when I was a child - still hate doing them now mind you lol. x

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  8. Family chores seem to work best. If everyone is doing the same thing, no one feels lacking or left out.

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  9. There are always ways to make them rewarding or even fun. Doing the tasks together could be a great way to encourage your kids to do their chores.

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  10. My kids had a reward system for doing chores. It seemed to motivate them!

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  11. Chores can be fun, its all how you look at it. I have a chore jar, they kids pull different chores.

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  12. My mom was all about the reward system. Worked every time for us LOL

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  13. Making it fun and a habit is a great combination. Doesn't hurt to throw in the rewards

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  14. I've tried lots of things and things seem to work for a bit then they lose interest so I just let them know, we all live in this home we all can pitch in! Right now we are using an app to help, and it's working but u wonder for how long! Hopefully this one works!

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  15. Making it a habit and making it fun are definitely key. We try to make it fun here! Amber N

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  16. A little reward system always helps with them getting the chores done!

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  17. Great tips; rewarding system is best if we know what to give and when to give.

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  18. Good ideas for getting your kids to do the chores you want them to do.

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  19. We always had a reward system in place for chores. It always worked as long as it was things the kids wanted. They would pick the reward at the beginning of the month that they wanted to work towards.

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  20. What great tips. My kids are assigned certain chores and get allowance for them.

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  21. My boys are terrible at completing chores. Little by little I'm trying to give them more responsibility in this area so they will have cleaner habits.

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  22. Its always good to practice doing this early - I have to really know this stuff for my future sake, haha! Thanks.

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  23. I've learned that if I do the chores with the children, more will get done and they don't quit so quickly. Incentives don't seem to work for this bunch though.

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  24. It was so easy to get my son to do chores when he was younger, but as he got older it became more challenging. Thanks for the tips!

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  25. Making it a game helped a lot. But now they are teens they know they can't go do something unless their chores are done.

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