Some of you may have read an article several years ago that Spain was considering a law requiring children to do their household chores. It’s the plight of parents around the world. How can we get our children do help around the house? While we may not have a law here in the United States that requires them to do chores, as parents we can be creative and find new ways to engage our kids with the process, perhaps even get them to enjoy doing their chores! Here are ten genius ideas by fellow parents to motivate your children to check off that chore list!
#1 – Withhold The WiFi
In this day and age, our children are digitally connected to everything, their friends, games, etc. This is certainly a creative way to get them to do their chores. Only when they are all finished, do they receive the WiFi password to access the internet.Source: Pinterest
#2 – If They Leave It Out, Pick It Up!
When your children leave their toys, cell phones, or anything else of theirs out and didn’t clean up after themselves, this is a great way to get them to do chores. Simply fill the pocket with chores that need doing, and when one of their items is confiscated by mom, they will only get it back when they choose a chore to do! It’s a great way to get kids to do chores.
Source: Yummy Mummy Club
#3 – The Chore Line
This idea is both creative and cute, and easy to make, too! Write chores on plain clothespins, after they get completed, your child hangs it on the “chore line.” After they have filled up an entire line, they receive a prize! The kids will be scurrying around trying to get the chores done and fill up their lines!
Source: Gingerly Made
#4 – Chore Coupons
These “chore rewards cards” are a great way to get your children to interact with you and perform their responsibilities. Based off of the “punch card” rewards system, each time your child completes a chore, or their chores for the day, whichever you choose, you can use a hole-punch to mark the chore as complete. When the card is full, they receive a reward!
#5 – Spinning Chore Chart
This spinning chore chart adds a gamification aspect to everyday chores. Children love to play games, so this is a wonderful way to get them to keep coming back for more chores!
Source: All Things Thrifty
#6 – Chore Wars
Chore Wars is a website that has also hopped on the gamification wagon for household chores. Modeled off of the popular internet role-playing games that kids and adults alike enjoy playing. You can earn “XP,” or experience points for every chore that you complete, and it is highly customizable to your choice of household chores.
Source: Chore Wars
#7 – Chore Dice
These chore dice are a genius idea! Little ones will love the game of chance that comes along with rolling the dice!
Source: Delia Creates
#8 – Scratch Off Chore Chart to Get Kids to Do Chores
If your kids have ever seen you scratch off an instant-win lottery ticket and begged you to do one, this is the way to go to get them motivated to do those chores! These charts are super simple to make and guaranteed to have your kids coming back for more scratches!
Source: No Time For Flashcards
#9 – Work For Hire
By using this “Work for Hire” system, not only are you able to get your kids to do their chores, but you are also teaching them a valuable lesson about work ethic as well. It’s a win-win!
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#10 – Mailbox Chore System
This system is wonderful for teaching your younger children how postal mail works! Mom or dad gets to “mail” the chore cards to each respective child who has their own mailbox. Once they finish the chore, they “mail” it back to you and then they receive a reward of your choosing! Fun and effective!
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