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11 Ways To Get Your Kids To Do Chores Without Nagging

Imagine being able to get your kids to do their chores without ever nagging again. Oh, it’s possible! A little motivation and a few consequences go a long way. Chores are an important part of growing up. They teach kids that they are a necessary part of the family and that their contribution is appreciated.

But when it’s time to do chores, you often find your kids whining, arguing, and putting them off. This is especially true if you are dealing with teenagers who are expert manipulators. Parents need to stay one step ahead of their kids when it comes to chores. These tips and tricks will help to motivate your kids and create a little fun for the family. In the end, you will be left with happy kids and a clean house.

#1 Do “The Ten-Minute Tidy”

Everything’s more fun in a group, and chores are no exception. Working together for just ten minutes can get your home looking good again, and when everyone works together, it feels like a lot is accomplished.

#2 Make Them Work For An Allowance

Instead of giving your child a weekly allowance, make them work for it. This teaches them that they can work hard, and they will make money, but if they don’t then, they are going to be broke. It’s a great life lesson.

#3 Use A Rewards System

Sometimes, kids work best when they can visually see what they have accomplished and what they have left to do.

#4 Work As A Team

Let your kids team up on chores. This will help them learn to be accountable to one another and to motivate one another to complete the chores. Let them each choose a chore that they like for the team to complete.

#5 Use The “First Come, FIrst Served” Philosophy

Write down the list of chores to be done and leave a space beside each chore where your children can “claim” a chore. This will motivate them to be the first one there to choose so that they don’t get stuck with cleaning the bathroom. Yuck!

#6 Set A Timer

Setting a timer lets your child know that they only have to clean for a certain amount of time. You can also use the timer to motivate them to beat their previous time.

#7 Put Toys On Lockdown

Place your child’s favorite toys or electronics in a box that can not be accessed until chores are completed. Trade one toy for one finished chore.

#8 Use Competition

ChoreWars.com is a great way to create a little healthy competition between your children. Just log in to mark chores complete. Children earn XP for chores completed. The interface is user-friendly and the graphics are great. 

#9 Rotate Chores

There are some chores that no one wants to get stuck with. Rotating chores on a daily basis will ensure that nobody has to do the same chore every day. It also teaches children how to do many different chores.

#10 Offer Promotions

Promotions are not just for the office. Offer your children a little extra bonus for the most chores completed or completing chores every day that week. Change the bonuses up each week to keep things exciting.

#11 Change The Wifi Password

If all else fails, you just have to get real with them. Kids today may not be swayed or motivated by ordinary means, but mess with their WiFi, and they’ll jump to action. Once chores are completed, they gain access to the new WiFi password. This requires a little work on your part, but hey, is it worth a clean house? You bet it is!

So the next time you find yourself about to start nagging your kids to do chores, try one of these ideas instead. You might just find that chores are not a problem in your family anymore.

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