How To Get Kids To Do Chores

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As parents, you’re probably feeling frustrated with how lazy or resistant your kids are when it comes to doing household chores. Well, that’s perfectly normal. Kids, just like adults, find household tasks generally boring so they really feel hyped about them.

However, as part of their learning process, you should highly encourage your child to do chores. And if you are having a hard time with that, these tips below should be able to help you out.

1. Appeal to his interests

As kids, your children have a whole different view of household tasks. So instead of persistently explaining the idea of responsibilities and duties, it’s best if you consider appealing to your child’s interest.

One way you can do that is to have a talk with him. Ask him what he thinks about the chores and what’s going on. It may also help to ask what he thinks is getting in the way of him completing household tasks.

After getting his views, you’ll find it easier to motivate him towards getting the chores done so he can do whatever it is that he wants to do.

2. Keep your expectations low

You really can’t expect kids to complete a household task as well as how adults would do it. For one, they don’t have the patience for it and they don’t really have the “experience”.

For example, if you give your kid a bucket of soapy water and rags to clean the floor, you’ll probably find him with his siblings playing with the wet floor and giggling. After, he’ll dry the floor with a towel as you instructed before leaving the job half-done.

The point here is to be alright with imperfections. Don’t expect your kids to complete household chores as fast as you would or in the same process you follow. With guidance, have faith that they’ll be able to get better and better with the chores.

3. Give kids choices

Children like the idea of having choices and participating in the process, just like adults. It makes them feel empowered and confident.

For example, if you ask your child to take out the garbage, let him choose what time he’d like to do it. He can take out the trash after school or before his bedtime.

Additionally, you may also want to create a list of task and have your children pick which chores they’d like to do every week. It’s also a good idea to let them take turns to make them less bored.

4. Make the chores as part for the family’s routine

Setting up a structure can make it easier for your kids to get used to the idea of completing household tasks. It helps to set aside time to do chores in the morning and also at night.

If your children are not home-schooled and attending regular classes during the day, it’s a good idea to set a routine at night to complete certain household chores. The evening is less stressful for children as they aren’t in a hurry to get dressed for school.

For this tip, you may want to make it a rule that before everyone gets to hold the TV remote, they need to make sure that the table is clean or that their rooms are tidy.

The idea here is to avoid making your children feel bored with the tasks. They should make them feel excited because once they are complete, they can get to watch TV.

5. Avoid punishments

As much as possible, don’t punish your children for not being able to finish the tasks you require them to complete. It’ll just make things worse. Remember, punishments like spanking are never a good thing for children.

However, you can change things up and use the chores to make amends. For example, if a child misbehaves and unintentionally hurt a sibling, he can perform that sibling’s chore as a way to show that he’s sincere about saying sorry.

6. Be there to guide them

While it’s a good idea to assign big tasks to kids, you should avoid letting them do the work without your supervision. This is particularly important when they are doing something for the first time.

As much as possible, work side-by-side with them. Watch them and if they have questions about the task, be willing to answer them.

7. Say thank you

Kids like being appreciated and recognized for their effort. This is natural for them as kids like to impress their parents.
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So the next time your kids completed something at home, don’t forget to say thank you and let them know how awesome they are for helping you out. You don’t necessarily have to go overboard with the praises. The important part is to let them know that you are recognizing their effort.

You could give them rewards for what they did. It could be as simple as letting them have an additional hour before bedtime or an additional thirty minutes of screen time after dinner.

In using a reward system, you have to make sure that the kids are aware of why they are doing certain things. While the prizes are great to keep them excited and enthusiastic, you should still take the time to explain the importance of doing household chores.


Kids are kids. You can’t really expect them to behave as adults right away.

However, with patience and proper guidance, you’ll be able to encourage them to do household chores. It’s just a matter of having the right approach, tone, and view to make them enthusiastic about helping you out.

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