Sunday March 8, 2020
If you’re a mom, you know that getting your kids to do their chores can be the absolute bane of your existence. It seems there is always an excuse that lets them get out of the work—they are too tired, or they have too much homework. Other times they just don’t do the work without excuse. (If I had a dollar for every time I heard, “I forgot,” I could retire.)
But there are some things that you can do to get your kids to do their chores. Here’s how:
- The first thing you might want to do is to figure out what is distracting them from doing their chores. If they are spending too much time on their video games, then turn the games off and tell them that they can’t get it back until they do their chores. If they do this for a prolonged period of time, then you may not want to return the games immediately. Instead, you should tell them that they have to earn back the games by working consistently.
- If you do give them an ultimatum, be it a punishment or a reward, then you need to follow through with it. Don’t give in just because it’s more expedient. And don’t forget to reward them as promised. Either way, will show your kids that you don’t put as much value on the chores they are doing.
- Be specific with a specific time limit on the chore before there are consequences. If you tell your child to do the dishes, then you can’t let them go on with the dishes in the sink for a week. Instead, tell them that they have twenty minutes to complete this or they will lose privileges, such as TV or game time.
- Although some parents don’t like the idea of allowances, this actually is an important part of the process. Teach your child the value of work by showing them how they have to earn their own money. This can also help them to hold off and delay gratification by saving their own money for new toys or clothes. Just make sure that you don’t give them the allowance if they aren’t doing the chores to earn them. This will encourage them to work harder for the allowance.
Being a mom is never easy. We all want to teach our children to work hard so they can be successful in life. One of the early ways to do this is by encouraging them to do their chores consistently.