If you find it almost impossible to get your child to complete their household chores and duties, make it fun! I remember when I was a teenager and when I was given my many chores for the week. I would groan and mumble obscenities under my breath as I had to mow the lawn, scoop the dog’s poop from the backyard and clean the pool of leaves and dirt. My mom felt it was smart idea to teach us that we work as a team in our family and that we all uphold our responsibilities in our family home. She wanted to teach me that I shouldn’t expect a reward for work completed at home because taking care of our home was ‘our’ job as a family.
My mother also wanted to teach me survival skills such as laundry, cleaning and home maintenance, all which have paid off in being a self-sufficient adult during my university years and now being a mom myself. Looking back on this parenting method, I think it was the perfect way of teaching me personal and financial responsibility. I respect myself, the money I earn and I uphold a strong work ethic. I also know and respect that nothing in life is free or comes without personal effort.
If you want to teach your children how to be self-sufficient, how to be responsible and how to be respectful to their home, make it more enjoyable for them. Work is not fun on its own, so as parents, we have to get creative. The entire experience of completing chores can be so much more fun if you lighten it up a bit. Completing chores can also build confidence within your child as they will believe that they are able to take care of themselves over time.
Music Is Key
If your teen loves to listen to their tunes on their MP3 player or around the house, let then crank the tunes to vacuum, clean floors, dust or sweep. Music works like a charm when it comes to feeling energized and motivated when working in the home. Little ones love to move to music, so get them sweeping or dusting to their favorite tune.
Clean As A Team
Kids that clean along with their parents not only mirror what their parents do, but also learn how to do things as a team. Cleaning together is also a fantastic family bonding tool.
Make It A Game
This is an excellent idea to encourage kids to do their chores. Set a timer and see how fast they can put all their toys away or how fast they can neatly make their bed. If your kids are competitive, they will love this and work hard to beat each other.
A chore is considered some ‘evil’ task when kids are young or in their teens as they usually only see these tasks as daily or weekly torture. If we don’t teach our kids to be responsible and respectful in the home, we shouldn’t be surprised if they end up being irresponsible and disrespectful in the world. Make it fun!