What is a good way to keep kids doing chores?
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Kristi - posted on 05/18/2010
Maybe you could try like a point system of some sort. Probably not a good idea to take things away from them if they don't do it, that makes it seem more of a task than it already is. Make them think that chores aren't work, but priveliges (and yes, I know that's spelled wrong lol). Make them think that they earn the ability to do the chore. Let them earn points when they do their chores and then cash in their points for different things. For example, 2 points buys candy, 5 points buys extra TV time, or a later bedtime and 10 points gets a trip to the park. But they can cash them in or save them up, whichever they want to do.
Jonna - posted on 05/18/2010
How old are your kids? Mine are little still (4 and 2 years) so I still help them to do their chores and am with them till they are finished. I do remember form when I was younger and the one doing chores though. If the children are younger you need an immediate reward like an m&m for every chore they finish on their own. If they are older like 7 or more then I would go for a cumulative reward like a handful of un-popped popcorn in a quart mason jar for getting their chores done and when the jar is full they get get a special treat like a trip to cold stone or eat out for pizza or something.
If reward doesn't work then loss of privleges would be something to try. For example no TV till chores are done. Or no going outside to play till chores are finished. They must realize that doing chores is part of life and if they don't do do them they won't have freedom to do what they want. Good Luck
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Michelle - posted on 05/18/2010
When my kids don't pick up their toys and I end up tripping on them I pick them all up and pile them on their beds or take them away in a garbage bag to give away. (I put then in the car truck for a week or so.) I don't have chores so much as rules or just a way of life. When you are done eating you put your dishes on the counter, before bath you put your dirty clothes in the hamper, before bed you pick up all your toys, and make bed in the morning.
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