CHORES! They are dreaded by most of us, especially our children. So, how do you get your kids to do their chores, without pulling teeth, bribing them, or pulling your own hair out? There are a few ways to tackle this task, hopefully one of which you will discover will work with you and your children.
MAKE IT FUN: I know chores don’t seem like they can be a fun activity, but if you turn on some music, and challenge them to see who can pick up the most toys in an alloted amount of time you’re sure to have them participating and enjoying it too.
REWARDS: I know earlier I mentioned not having to bribe them, but a good psychologist will tell you that humans work harder when they are rewarded for their efforts, therefore offering a reward is not bad. Just be sure that your children understand what it is that they must do in order to receive a reward. Make their tasks substantial so that they can see that hard work must be done in order to be rewarded.
CONSEQUENCES: With reward comes consequences as well, that is if no work is completed. It may sound harsh but your child must also understand what will happen if they do not obey and do not accomplish their chores. The form of consequence is up to you, but you must teach your child reward and consequence.
These are just a few ways that you can begin using to get your child to accomplish their chores. Creating a system that works for you is the most important thing. Also be sure to read Kay’s article CHORE CHART SUCCESS at http://www.mypreciouskid.com/articles/chore-chart-success.html
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Date: March 30, 2009