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The Secret to Getting Your Kids to do Chores

Assigning kids chores is one of the best ways to build self-esteem and develop a feeling of competence. Your child will also grow up perceiving chores as a normal habit of life and establish a good habit and attitude about work.

Psychologists have observed that kids around 18 months of age naturally want to help others. As children are natural imitators, they start doing things that you would do such as sweep, empty dishwasher, wipe counters, and so on. The problem is 'their helping' usually becomes more work for parents and takes twice as long. The consequence of this is that parents often squelch this helping desire. Parents will end up doing it themselves to quickly complete the task. It's important to stop the urge of shooing your preschooler away when they naturally want to volunteer.

Here are some tips on how to effectively get your child to do chores:

  • Choose the right chores: Make sure your child is capable of doing this chore. Know your child's skills and what they are interested in.

  • Take the time for teaching: Take the time to show your preschooler how a chore is done. Don't assume they naturally know how. Instead, work together until you see that your preschooler is ready to do it by him or herself.

  • Make it a fun game: Hide pennies around the house under items that need to be put away or cleaned and let them see how many they can find.

  • Offer praise: Whenever your child makes an effort or completes a task, let them know that they have a good job and you appreciate the help. Praise will motivate them to keep trying.

  • Make it part of their routine: Pick a day and a time when chores are to be done and stick to it. Consistency is the key. However you decide to set a routine, make sure that it is consistent.

  • Build relationships through chores: Use this time to bond. If you are helping your child wash the car, have a spontaneous water fight. If you cleaning the bathrooms, crank the music and dance while you're doing it. Not only will you bond with your child, but have fun too.

If you want to set up a plan for your family's chores around the house, check out Me In A Tree's "My Duties" page. We guarantee you will have a good time!

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