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Introducing Chores to Your Kids

This is a 3 part series so come back tomorrow and the day after for the others. With Spring Cleaning coming up you will more than likely be asking the kids to help out around the house. Are your kids old enough to help out around the house? If you’re ready to introduce chores to your kids, it’s important that you do it the right way. Simply telling your child to go clean something won’t work, especially if you have younger children. These tips will help you introduce chores to your kids, no matter how old they are.

Start Small

Although your kids probably won’t love doing chores, you don’t want to overwhelm them and cause them to be afraid of doing chores. In order to introduce chores to your kids, start small. Start with one or two easy chores that you know are appropriate for their age. After your children have mastered these chores, you can always add to the list.

Do It Together

If chores are new to your children, then make sure you do the chores together a few times. When you start a new job, chances are you need some training in order to know how to do the job the right way. The same thing applies to chores for your children. Even if they’ve seen you do the chores, they have no firsthand experience doing them, meaning that they’ll probably do the chores wrong. This can make more work for you. By walking through the chores together, you’re training your children how to do those chores the right way, all while building your child’s confidence in their cleaning abilities.

Make a Chore Chart

A chore chart is a great visual for getting your kids started with chores. You can use a white board or a paper printable to make your chore chart, whatever works for you. You can then write down what you expect your children to do each week or each day. You’ll also be able to track when your children do their chores so that you can reward them for a job well done.

Use Picture Instructions

If you’re starting chores with your younger children, then picture instructions will help them get the job done right! Instead of writing a chore name on the chart, make picture instructions for each chore, including all of the different steps required for the job. For example, if you want your child to help feed the animals, you can show a picture of the bag of food, followed by a picture of the measuring cup used to scoop the food out. The next two pictures can then show putting the food in the dish and then putting the bag of food away.

Introducing chores to your kids is pretty easy when you start small and show your kids how it’s done.

What are some tips you use for introducing chores?

Annmarie John
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  1. Love these tips. I don't think some parents realize the potential their little ones have and how much independence and accomplishments they can instill with simply having them help with chores. It's a win win all the way around. Great tips!

  2. I think it is a good idea to introduce your kids to doing chores early. Even when they are young you can say .. It is time to clean up and have them help, even though usually they aren't much help. More parents need to read this post.

  3. I need all the help that I can get with this as ALL of my tactics are failing miserably! Your suggestions are great.

  4. Great tips!
    We have already introduced some smaller chores to our kids but, I am horrible at adding more to their list.
    Time for an updated version!

  5. I have heard many kids starting their kids off with chore charts. It's important that kids learn the importance of chores and responsibility!

  6. When I asked my daughter to sweep and she was pushing the broom around like a mop, I knew it was time to implement chores into her daily routine. I didn't want to be responsible for sending her out into the world not knowing something as simple as sweeping the correct way!

  7. We have recently been instilling day chores more consistency and that is what is important being consistent.

  8. The picture instructions are probably the most important for my kids since they are quite young.

  9. As a mother of 3 and parent educator, I'm a proponent of children doing chores. It teaches responsibility and encourages participation in the family.

  10. Starting small sounds like the way to go when trying to introduce doing chores to young children! As they start getting older there might be a bit of resistance!

  11. I love this! It came at a perfect time! I was just thinking about how I can get my little one involved in chores.

  12. Chores are a great way for children to learn responsibility. I like the idea of a chore chart. It can be made as colorful as you wish and also add stickers and other fun items once each chore is done

  13. I can't even get my kids to pick her toys up lol. I think a small chore chart for toy picking up would be a good idea though.

  14. These are great ideas for getting little ones involved in household chores. Never to early to start teaching personal responsibility!

  15. We like to make our chores fun by turning cleaning into a dance party. Well, except for making beds. We haven't figured out a good song for that yet.

  16. I love the idea of using picture instructions. I should have done that.

    1. That's what I was thinking too! The pictures make it fun and the kids could even help with getting those together.

  17. These are great tips. I tried a chore chart before and that did not work so well. At this point the boys have small chores such as cleaning their room.

  18. I make it a game. We started chores when my girls were little using the show The Big Comfy Couch and we did the 10 second tidy. Worked every time.

  19. A chore chart is great. One with pics is great for young ones.

  20. Great tips! I need to get better about this. I made a chore chart for my kids, but I'm the one who has a hard time sticking to it.

  21. I"ll admit, I've been putting this off. I really need to start coming up with a chore schedule so the kids get off on the right foot.

  22. Great tips! We've been starting slowly but need to be a little more consistent with making it a part of our day.

  23. These are some great tips to introduce chores. I will have to do this with my littlest when she starts chores.

  24. Great tips. We are doing more chores with our kids too. I think it is important to start early.

  25. Great tips! My kids love doing chores, they don't see it as work. In fact they often fight over who gets to scrub the toilets!

  26. My son loves to help with the windows! I give him a towel and he goes to town!


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