For parents, chores are an excellent way to help our kids develop skills that will help them to become successful in life, They teach our kids independence, responsibility, and self-sufficiency.
But for most kids, chores are just a tiring and tedious thing they need to do before they can have fun playing video games or going outside to play with their friends.
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The truth is that chores around the house don’t have to be a drag for your kids and it’s up to us as parents to make them better able to manage their responsibilities at home while not dreading it. Today, we’re talking about five simple ways you can make chores fun for your kids.
Set Up a Chore Chart
One key part of passing the responsibility of chores to your kids is ensuring that everyone knows what they’re supposed to do. This way, your youngsters can take ownership of tasks and confidently contribute to the keeping a clean house.
This is where chore charts come in handy. A chore chart is a list used to track and organize the daily housework and cleaning every home needs. The chart can be physical or virtual and is often a means used by parents to post chores expected of children. It lists household tasks. You can make one chore chart per child or you can make a combined list.
You can work on the chore chart with your kids and figure out what tasks they can perform everyday like putting together school lunches, feeding the dog, cleaning out the cat litter box, washing dishes, and putting away toys and laundry. You can also make the chore chart extra fun by turning it into an arts and crafts project for you and your kids.
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Make a Personalized Cleaning Caddy
When kids take ownership of their chores, they are more likely to do them more consistently. One of the ways you can ensure this is by putting together a personalized cleaning caddy for them.
Get a bucket in their favorite color or ask them to design it and fill it with materials they need for their chores like rags and brushes.
Make It a Competition
Kids of all ages can become more motivated to do their chores if you turn it into a contest. You can time them with their chores and see which child can finish their tasks the fastest while still being thorough.
You can also set up a weekly competition for your kids and whoever finishes their chores best and in the fastest time each week can get a surprise treat.
Hide Small Treats
If dusting is part of your kid’s chores, you can turn it into a game by hiding small treats like stickers, candy, and even coins underneath knick knacks that they can enjoy after they’re done.
Have a Scavenger Hunt
Turn tidying up into a scavenger hunt. Make a list of everyday clutter that need to be put away like newspapers, laundry, shoes, and magazines as well as simple tasks like fluffing cushions on the sofa. The kid who does the most chores on the list in the fastest time wins a special treat.
There are many ways to make chores dun for kids, sometimes you just need to think outside the box. Think about their favorite things, or games and try to incorporate them in doing their chores daily.
It’s also important to know how your kids “operate”, when my kids were little the incentives were different for each. One liked a physical list, while one preferred having theirs on the computer, and another preferred I tell him each chore one at a time so he focused on that one and moved to the next.
Knowing your kids and working within their personality goes a long way toward making chores fun for them. What ideas do you have for making them fun?