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How to Create a Chore Chart That Your Child Will Actually Follow

As a parent, it might seem like the house stays a mess and that nothing ever gets done. Sometimes, you might want to hide in your room and not clean at all or not cook or not get your kids ready for bath time at night. Regardless of how you might feel, there are chores that you have as a parent. Since you have chores that you have to do, it’s only fair that your kids have chores as well so that they learn about responsibility. A chore chart is a good idea to have in the home if it’s made correctly and reinforced instead of hidden on the refrigerator or on the wall behind other papers.

Keep Chores Age-Appropriate

When you’re making a chart with chores for your children, you need to make sure they can complete each task. Examples would be washing dishes, taking out the trash or picking up toys in the home. If children find that chores are too easy or too hard, then they won’t want to do them regardless of any kind of reward system you have in place or anything that you ask them to do in the home. One chore that children of all ages should be required to do is brushing the teeth. Explain the importance of brushing and flossing each day, offering stickers or another small incentive for completing the chore without being told. Your children can talk to a dentist, such as one at a Statesville, NC family dental, about brushing their teeth as well if they don’t want to listen to what you have to say about their health.

Set an Example

If your children don’t see you cleaning and taking care of yourself like you request that they do, then they won’t want to do it either. Lead by example in doing the same chores that you assign or by doing chores that you know that you’re responsible for in the home. An idea would be to set aside some time every day to do chores as a family. Each person can work in one room of the home until all the work is completed. However, make sure you’re not just standing over your children and telling them what to do or where to clean. You need to be involved as well.

Offer Rewards

When it comes to chores, you might have to entice your kids to get work done by offering them rewards. Younger children are usually more receptive to things like ice cream, toys or getting to do something fun with friends. Older children usually want money, but you don’t have to give them a significant amount. They can earn money for each chore that they complete. An example would be $1 for sweeping the house. If your children complete the chore without being asked, then they earn the reward.

Keep Things Interesting

Don’t use the same chore chart each week. Change the design of the chart and the chores that are listed. Find out what your children are good at doing and what they might have trouble with, creating a chore chart based on these skills. When you see that your kids are getting bored with the routine that’s in place, then change things around a bit by offering new rewards or thinking of new jobs that they can perform.

Chores are a part of life whether you’re old or young. One way to get chores done around the home is by making a chore chart. Use a combination of hygiene tasks that they need to do each day as well as cleaning chores that need to be done each week. Supervise so that your kids have direction, but take part in keeping the house clean and organized as well.

Tim Esterdahl

Tim Esterdahl is the editor of IFCS blog. He is a married father of three and enjoys golf in his spare time.
Tim Esterdahl

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