Is there a good way to get your kids into jobs without the fight??

Darlene - posted on 07/28/2013 ( 4 moms have responded )

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My kids are 7,5,4 and the two oldest at least are old enough for jobs. .. If I cant remember to have them do it though, things obviously wont get done..
My kids hate it, it becomes a fight..
Is there a fun way to get kids doing jobs where they are actually excited to do them so when I 'obviously' wont always remember, they still will get done...
.. obviously the jobs are simple... but to kids they might as well be mountains..

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Jodi - posted on 07/30/2013

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My kids know what their jobs are, but they are not necessarily needing to be done every day. They do, however, have some jobs that might be random, so they know to check the whiteboard each day.

If your children are too young to read, you could do up magnets for the whiteboard (if you buy a magnetic one) with symbols on them and teach them the symbols.

Jodi - posted on 07/29/2013

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I have a whiteboard where I write down jobs to be done that day. It is a morning routine for me to write up their jobs under their name, and they take pride in being able to wipe it off when it is done. Admittedly, my kids are older. However, have you considered star charts, where they get a star when they have done it?

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Darlene - posted on 07/31/2013

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Great ideas. My eldest can read but my other two are a not yet reading. They might find the magnets fun and find it exciting to see what is on their list today.
I'll have to give that a try.
thanks :)

Darlene - posted on 07/29/2013

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Thanks Jodi, I'll have to give that a try.. my kids might find the white board do-able..
Do you switch off jobs each day so your kids don't get bored, or do you keep the same jobs so they just know what to expect each day?

I have tried charts but more for potty training. It did go well for that..
I guess now would be a good time to give it a try for jobs :)

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