Need some help around the house? The kids dragging their feet in helping with chores? Here are some tips that are sure to help!

Parenting is one of the hardest jobs on Earth and getting your child to participate in the household chores can be just as hard. The stomping of the feet, the million questions of ‘why’ and of course the perfectly timed stomach ache. It takes loads of patience and tricks to get your child to help around the house. Here are a few ideas that might just help you and your family:

  • Start early: The earlier you start, the better. As soon as your child is able to learn basic language, begin showing them the importance of chores with using words like, ‘clean up’ and praising with positive words like ‘great job’ when they ‘help’. The more you create it as a natural habit to pick up after themselves, the more likely they will be helpful as they get older. Start easy and begin with showing them how to pick up their toys after playtime.
  • Create incentive: Whether it’s allowance or tv time, give them something to work toward. As adults we work to get paid, so why not teach your children that when you work, you get compensated. The bigger chores, like feeding the family pet can be worth more and the daily tasks like, picking up toys, can be worth less.
  • Make it a game: Chores don’t have to be boring, keep them exciting and upbeat! Playing music, dancing around, or making it a competition can be fun for the kids. Let them choose their favorite song and see if they can finish their chore before the song ends!
  • Parent participation: Children learn from watching others, especially their parents. We know it may be easier to get the chores done while the kids are at soccer practice or taking a nap, but save a few chores to be done while they are awake. Seeing their parents participate, will make them more likely to do the same.

The most important thing to remember is that every parent, child and situation is different. So what works for the kid down the street may not work for yours and that is okay. It’s learning your kiddo and finding what works for them and for yourself. Good luck and here’s to having that chore list knocked out!