Over the years, we’ve tried all sorts of ways to get our children to do their chores. We’ve used chore charts with stickers, lists with stars, marbles and even quarters in a jar. And while these are good methods for getting into the habit of doing daily chores, I’ve found there are times we have to turn to more desperate measures. When company is coming and the house is a mess, here’s what we do.
Nothing turns my children away from helping around the house more than seeing one or both of their parents doing their own thing while the kids are working. And that’s understandable! I know I tend to get frustrated when I’m the only one pitching in. So if it’s house-cleaning time for your kids, make it house-cleaning time for you too. Show them how much faster everything gets done when you work together.
Music can be so inspiring – even when you’re tidying your house! Turn on some upbeat songs you and your children enjoy (kid’s songs are great) and sing out loud as you go along. You might also choose some fast classical music to play. “The Flight of the Bumblebee” can really get everyone going!
Set a Timer
This idea has worked so well with my family! When the clutter seems overwhelming and getting everything put away seems hopeless, set a timer. Tell your children you’ll work at it for 30 minutes, or 45 minutes, or an hour, depending on how old your children are. When the buzzer goes off, you say, it will be time to stop, no matter what. Start the timer and have everyone get moving as fast as they can. You’ll see your kids racing to beat the timer, and you’ll be amazed at how much is actually accomplished.
What are some ways you get your children to help around the house?
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