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How to motivate kids to help around the house

By Keshyla Reddick

Chores are on most kids’ list of things they’d rather not do. Getting help around the house is an age-old challenge for parents.

So here are a few tips to help boost your success rate!

This or that: Give your child a choice between two jobs and let them pick which one they’d rather do. It might seem like a small decision, but they’ll be less likely to fuss if they get to choose their task.

Teamwork: Why not make this a lesson in working together? Having your child help you or one of their siblings with something around the house is a great start. For example, one child clearing the table while the other does the dishes or loads the dishwasher is teamwork at its finest.

Keep track of progress: Charts on the fridge may be a tad old school, but youngsters work best when they can see the end result. Keep track of how well the task was done (a bit of praise for a job well done goes a long way too, but be careful not to overdo it). Eventually, if you’re lucky, things will get done without you asking.

Consistency: Doing the same chore on a weekly basis allows the child to see progress and feel comfortable in a routine.

Rewards: Now, this can be tricky, because you don’t want to over-reward or have your kids always expecting a prize. Try explaining that the reward system has limits based on above-average performance. Outline examples you decide to use.

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