My kids are not always perfectly cooperative, but they actually do a great job with chores.
Click below to learn my secrets to get them to do the chores every day!
My kids (ages 7 and 9) do chores almost every day with little guidance from me.
Admittedly, a lot of our success with household chores is attributable to the fact that I've been teaching the kids to do chores since they were little toddlers.
But there are many other reasons that chores usually go smoothly in our house.
Use a Written Chore Chart
We use this chore checklist for the kids to track their own chores. Chores are written with wet erase markers and the kids use dry erase markers to check chores off as they are done.
The kids use this to self-direct the chore process. When they are done, they bring me the chart. If they did well, I erase the check marks (getting the chart ready for tomorrow) and reward them.
Rewards come in the form of electronics time. For doing their 15 minutes or so of daily chores, they can an hour of e-time.
If they complain about doing the chores or take too long on purpose, they still must do them before playing, but don't earn e-time.
Limit the Chores
My kids can always ask for extra chores to earn extra e-time. However, daily chores are limited to about 15 or 20 minutes a day. That way, it is not overwhelming.
EXCEPTION: On Saturdays, rooms must be clean before they can play!
Do Chores Daily
Chores need to be a routine part of the day for kids. Once they get used to it, they just do the chores!
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