Chores are important for kids, since chores give kids a sense of purpose and a greater appreciate for their parents. It can teach your children responsibility and how to work with others to get a job done, according to Education.com. The values and skills your children gain from doing chores can follow them into adulthood and benefit them throughout their lives. This sounds great, but you need to know what chores are appropriate for each of your children, how to assign these chores and what it takes to get your kids to actually do them.
Decide which chores you'd like for your children to help with. Have realistic expectations and avoid giving your children too many responsibilities. Choose safe household chores that you feel comfortable delegating to your children. For example, children of any age should be able to help with setting the table, sweeping or dusting.
Determine which chores are best for each child. Take into consideration what other activities and commitments each child has, so that you avoid over-scheduling anyone. Preschoolers can put their toys away at the end of each day and help wipe the table after dinner. School-age children can help fold and put away clean laundry, and feed the family pet. Your teens could do laundry, clean the kitchen after dinner, keep the bathrooms clean and help with yard work.
Create a chore list, chore jar, calendar or chore wheel to help everyone in the family keep track of who does what each day. It's helpful for kids to be able to clearly see what their jobs are. Whatever method you use, keep this in a common area of your home, where everyone spends time, such as the kitchen, family room or entry-way.
Hold a family meeting to introduce your family to the chore list. Explain what each child's responsibility is and why it's important for each family member to do his part to keep your home running smoothly. Allow your children to ask any questions they may have, and then answer their questions. Speak about the importance of being helpful to one another.
Set aside time each day for chores to be done, whether it's immediately after school, after sports practices or after dinner. The type of chores you assign will help you decide when the best time is for your family. If weeknights are super busy for your family, allow some chores to wait for the weekend when you have more time to get them done, such as laundry, yard work and dusting.
Follow up often to make sure each child is doing the chores she's responsible for. Even with a chore chart, you may have to sometimes remind your children to get busy with their chores. If your child is whining about doing his chores, make it more fun by timing him. Set a timer and see if he can beat the clock to get them done, suggest Empowering Parents. When this doesn't work, give him a consequence. If he doesn't do his chores, take away privileges like television time, play time with friends or computer time, advises Focus on the Family.
Consider giving your children an allowance for completing chores. This incentive may motivate them to do their chores without you having to nag or remind them all the time. Rewarding your child with an allowance for completing chores can teach him about being compensated for a job well done.