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By Keren Perles
It’s a parent’s dream: Your kid walks the dog, sets the table, makes her bed, does her laundry, vacuums the floors and gardens on weekends. As kids say … yeah right.
So what can you do with a child who refuses to do chores? Use these seven tips to make your kid more likely to roll up her sleeves and pitch in.
It’s normal to have to remind a child to do her chores, and it’s also normal for kids to gripe about it. Make a point of talking to her about how she’s part of a family, and each member contributes to everyone’s wellbeing. With time, this message will (hopefully!) sink in, and your child will start to view chores as a way to contribute, rather than as a punishment or a worthless job.
Let Your Child Choose
A child who chooses from various chores may be more agreeable than one who’s forced it. Mowing the lawn probably sounds great compared to cleaning toilets. And what about the chores that no one volunteers for? Parenting expert Amy McCready of PositiveParentingSolutions.com suggests letting kids pick the unwanted chores out of a hat. “You can make it extra fun by letting them trade picks like an NFL draft,” she says.
Take Over Only if Necessary
Make Peace With Imperfection
Set Reasonable Deadlines
The first few times you try to get your child to put her bowl in the sink, it will probably be a struggle, but it eventually becomes second nature. Push through those first few weeks, and you’ll reap the rewards later!
Would you like your kid to ramp up the responsibility? It starts with you. Read, “7 Things to Never Do for Your Kid.”