Chores and Kids – How to Keep it Fun

by Nicole on March 24, 2011 · 4 comments

in Cleaning Tips

As a single mom, you do not have another adult to help you with the chores around your home, so you have even more of a need to enlist your kids to help. Chores and kids are a great combination to teach responsibility, and in your home, this combination is necessity to keep things running smoothly. The key to making this work is keeping things fun.

When it’s time to clean up, play your kids’ favorite tunes. Fun, upbeat music can make work more exciting. It can also encourage them to pick up their pace and get it done faster.

If your kids are old enough to enjoy some good-natured competition, make cleanup a contest. You can use a timer and let the person who gets their jobs done first have some reward, such as choosing the movie or bedtime story. Do not use this, however, if you have child who cannot win the competition and will get discouraged.

One way to keep work fun is to rotate responsibilities. No one wants to clean the same part of the home every single day for days on end. Create some sort of system of rotation that lets each kid try his or her hand at a different chore each week.

Finally, don’t be afraid to ask your kids what they think. They might have a great idea to make cleanup time a little bit more fun. Remember, when it comes to kids and chores, keeping it entertaining will get the job done.

About Nicole

Nicole Harms is a freelance writer and a busy mom to two preschool daughters. She received a bachelor’s degree in education from Maranatha Baptist Bible College, but after four years in the classroom she turned in the chalk for the virtual pen. When not researching or writing she is busy chasing her two daughters around or traveling.

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Angie March 26, 2011 at 2:37 pm

I agree that the rotation thing works well. One week a child may have to take out the garbage, then the next week it may be his turn to clean out litterboxes. No one likes to do either of them but if you rotate then everyone has the chance to get a break at a job that they really cannot stand doing.

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Savannah March 29, 2011 at 10:23 am

Try alternating the more fun and icky chores – instead of garbage, then litterboxes, try garbage, then vacuuming.

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Cristine March 29, 2011 at 5:09 am

We know that kids are different both physical capacity. What I did is that I decide what chores are appropriate enough for my kids. I start from small and easy chores that are based on their readiness.

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Savannah March 29, 2011 at 10:26 am

Good plan – obviously a three year old can’t load the dishwasher. But they could do something like dust the TV!

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