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How to Motivate your Kid to do Chores


Getting your kid to do chores can totally be a battle, if you let it be. The first key to success in motivating your kid to do chores is to really think about how you would respond when someone uses a particular tone or particular words to get you motivated. What words will help you become motivated to do what task is being asked of you? Kids may be our little ones to raise, guide and mold into proper adults, but they still respond in similar ways that adults do, so it’s no wonder many parents are frustrated with the task to get their kids motivated to do chores. Just like adults, kids would much rather do something they enjoy than spend the day completing tedious tasks.


If you are stuck in a rut in guiding your kid to be motivated to complete chores, we have the solution for you with these tips on how to motivate your kids to do chores, without a battle:

Create a Reward System – enable a reward system in your home, start by having your kids earn special privileges. For example, if your kids want to play on the computer or a gaming console, let them complete a specific chore in order to gain “x” amount of time on that electronic device. With younger children you can implement a sticker reward system, as they tend to still have that gold star theory of thinking.

Stop Everything Until Chore Completed – this is the easiest solution to stop the battle that can ensue between parent and kid. Be consistent with your expectations regarding chores, have everything in the kid’s life stop until their chores are completed. Allow them to sit in a room with no distractions as they think about which is the better option; completing said chores or sitting there doing absolutely nothing.


Consistency and Structure – kids are highly motivated to complete chores when they know what to expect. Create a poster board or magnetic chore chart for your kids. Be sure to stay on top of having the chores listed on this chart and be consistent in your expectations that the tasks are completed prior to any fun happening. Once the chores are completed you can use the reward system so that they feel self-pride and want to do chores more often.

Work With Their Natural Instincts – you know your kid best, so work with your kid’s natural instincts. Pay attention to what motivates each of your kids and work that to your benefit. When you create chores that are based on strengths of your kid, they are more apt to do the chores. Learn what words and rewards will work best for your kid and use that to your advantage when assigning consistent expectations in the department of chore duties.

There are many ways to motivate kids to do chores, it really comes down to learning what your kid’s natural abilities are, what works to motivate each of them and how well they are at completing specific chores. Motivating your child to do chores can be an easy process if you follow these key tips listed here as a means to push forward on a mission to raise well-rounded, respectable kids.

Let's discuss: How do you get your kids to do chores? 

Annmarie John
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  1. I motivate mine with an allowance. It does the trick week after week :)

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    1. That is also a great way. I do allowance as well but not necessarily for chores. That is something that should be done without the incentive of money.

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  2. I have one child who will do chores without even being asked and one that will take the entire day to do one simple thing - with lots of reminding! I will have tontry these tricks with him.

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    1. I hope they work for you. I have kids that are just the same. One who loves to please and one who couldn't care less.

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  3. I had a "pay chart" for chores. Ashley loved making money, so the big jobs, bathrooms and such, paid a premium. I had a scoring guide for each job so she knew exactly what was expected. If she scored an 80% on the scoring guide, she earned 80% of the going rate. It was great for me, sometimes she did a bunch of big jobs for the money!

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    1. That's a great way to encourage and motivate for sure. It's funny how money tends to motivate kids to do so much more.

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  4. Although I dont have kids, these look like great tips! Loving how to naturally encourage them to get things done!
    Karen | GlamKaren.com

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    1. Well when you do have kids of your own, you'll have a few ideas. :)

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  5. I am like Robin my son gets an allowance for chores. It works especially now that he has a girlfriend.

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    1. I'm sure now that he does, he needs the extra cash so he can go out with her. Nothing like money as a motivator. :)

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  6. Like many households, I have one child who just LOVES to do whatever is necessary - he's excited to learn how to do dishes. (Yay!) The one that's two years younger, though - he can take the entire day to pick up two dirty socks. These are great tips. Thank you.

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    1. Oh I think that's the case with most households, especially the ones that have more than 1 child. Its the same here. My oldest however is the lazy one while the youngest is pretty good.

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  7. I am pretty lucky, my kids do their chores without being asked. I am sure the other shoe is going to drop at some point.

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    1. You sure are one lucky mom. What I wouldn't give for my kids to do what they're supposed to do without bribing.

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  8. I don't have children, but these are great tips! Now, if only I could motivate myself to do chores! LOL

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    1. Oh I totally feel you on that. I know the feeling oh too well. :)

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  9. These are some great tips!!! At the moment my daughter thinks she likes chores. I know the day will come though when she realizes that chores well, suck lol.... So I will definitely be giving these tips a try when that happens.

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    1. She sounds just like my daughter and I hope the day never comes when she hates doing chores. For now she loves to grab the broom and dustpan and clean up. Gotta love it!

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  10. My kids definitely need some motivation! But I admit, sometimes I need some motivation too!

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    1. Oh who you're telling?! There are lots of days when I'm not motivated at all and need all the help I can.

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  11. We totally do the reward system. We have a sticker chart and at the end of the week he will get a "prize". He loves it and my house is semi clean.

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    1. That is great! I love when kids love doing chores. I have to keep reminding my own kids and it can be a pain for all of us. :)

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  12. Rewards certainly help and influence the kids to want to join in, or even take over the chores in the house. Fab tips!

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    1. I wish mine would take over the chores. They are a little too lazy for that.

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  13. I care for my niece a long with my mom so my niece has 3 parents so she is a wee bit spoiled. We have just started working on chores. I love your advice. I love that you advice to stop everything until the chores are done. A great motivator.

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    1. Oh yes, once you put a stop to everything, things get done a lot quicker. :)

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  14. We tied chores to getting allowance, so that's our "inspiration." My husband and I also do chores, at the same time my son does his, so that helps.

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    1. That is great to make it a family affair. That's also a good tip, show them that you're willing to do the same and they'll do it with you too.

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