How to motivate kid do the routine tasks?

Mary - posted on 12/04/2015 ( 3 moms have responded )

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Do you make child do what he/she doesn't want (routine, help to clean house, make a bed, etc.), do you punish them for not doing, or reward?

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Kimberly - posted on 11/16/2016

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I have been teaching my son to pick up after himself right from when he was 2. Whatever he could do, I encouraged him to do and showed him how. For example, I would help him pick up his toys and show him where he should be putting them.

He'd even insist on helping me fold the laundry and although his idea of folding was rolling them up into balls, I'd just let him!!

Now that he is 3 years old, he is quite capable of picking up his own stuff. But, there are times when he tries to avoid doing that.
One thing i noticed is that he is less compliant when he is tired or sleepy. So I try my best to stick to his routine to prevent any meltdowns.

For the times that he is just being a stubborn brat I usually take away some privileges. Like, if his toys aren't back in place before he goes to bed, they get confiscated overnight and he has to earn them back!

Oh, and in case you are wondering...yes, he still balls up the laundry!! I'm hoping he'll get it right before he's 4!! :P

Lacey - posted on 12/09/2015

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I think it is important to have kids help with chores early. My daughter was about 2 when she was responsible to cleaning up her play things. At the beginning don't forget to show them your idea of properly cleaning their space so they know what to do. Once they are done I would give a sticker or treat, or do an activity together. Now she is 3 1/2 and I can tell her go make her bed or clean up her room and she does really well. If she doesn't clean up then she doesn't get to participate in whatever fun activity we have planned for later such as a movie, or family board game.

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