We have had a heck of a time getting the kids to do their chores until we started implementing a task list and reward system. I honestly think I waited too long to start giving them daily tasks, and I really wish I had started sooner. I didn’t realize that they were capable of doing more than I thought! If you need some guidance regarding what your children can do, here are some age-appropriate chore suggestions. While some of these suggestions seem less likely than others to get done in this house, it gave me a nice framework for our chore chart!
Here are some tips for getting the kids to do their chores:
- Sit them down and discuss what your expectations are for their chores and the consequences for completing/not completing their list. Children like to have expectations, and you want to make sure they are realistic ones! Ask them for their input regarding tasks to complete–you might be surprised at their suggestions! Involving them in the list-making helps them to take ownership of the list and will make them more likely to complete their jobs!
- Decide on the chores you would like on your list– be specific! Instead of clean up room, you might try: Make bed, clean toys off floor, etc. You don’t want to leave any room for interpretation! When you are specific, your child will understand exactly what is expected to fulfill the task.
- List your chores on a printable chore chart, white board, black board, or poster board. We use printable chore charts. We have also had success with the Melissa & Doug Responsibility Chart.
- Next you need to decide on your reward (if you choose to use one). You can choose something like a sticker, a small treat, or a special experience. We like to use an experience, rather than an object, since I think the boys already have so much “stuff!” You can offer an ice cream date with Mom or a movie night. Find out what really motivates your child!
- After a child has completed their chore, you can confirm completion and check off the box with them. My 6 year-old gets very excited to check off boxes and compare his progress with his younger brother!
- I can’t promise this will solve all of your chore problems, but it has definitely helped me make life easier around the house with three boys! So far, favorite chores are folding and putting laundry away. Go figure! 😉