Fun Ways to Use a Chore Chart: Get Your Kids to Help Clean During Summer Vacation

chore chartSummer is here, and you don’t want the kids to be too idle. In addition to taking them on fun outings and encouraging them to play outside, this is also the time to institute a chore chart. While this may seem like drudgery, it doesn’t have to be a major pain for anyone. Here are a few ways you can make the chore chart more fun and ensure that the kids start pitching in more around the house.

Tie It to the Allowance

Most people don’t get to go to work and get paid for doing absolutely nothing. In general, your boss expects you to actually put forth some effort in order to see that paycheck. Start teaching this concept to your kids now by tying the chart to their allowance payment. If the chores are done well and without complaint, they get 100 percent payment. The pay level starts sliding down as you have to nag or if they just ignore the chart. Reinforce the lesson by making them pay for extra treats out of their allowance.

Set the Schedule

Make chores part of the daily schedule this summer. When the kids get up, have them make their beds, eat breakfast and then do their chores. Once the chores are fun, reward them with an outing or something special. It can be as simple as going on a picnic lunch or going for a ride around the block. The key here is to teach them that they need to do those chores before they get to enjoy the fun times.

Remember Behavior

Chore charts don’t just have to focus on cleaning the house, either. This is your chance to work on some bad habits. If your little son always interrupts others, then you can add “no interrupting” to his chart. Offer a special treat if they manage to go a certain number of days without engaging in the bad habit, and you just might have some behaviors corrected before school starts again.

Skip the Chart and Get a Jar

Is it hard to decide who will do which chore? Do your kids all have certain chores they dread and will avoid? Reassure your kids that there’s no favoritism going on by getting rid of the charts completely and going with two jars. Use individual slips of paper to write down the different chores around the house that must be done and put them in one jar. Every day, you should have each child pull a random chore out of the jar and do it. It can then be put in the jar for completed chores.

The hardest part of the chore chart can be getting into the habit, but this will come with time. Encourage your kids to make the chores part of a daily routine, and give them motivation by tying the chores to an allowance or other special rewards. When the kids have a reward to work towards, they’ll be more willing to keep up with those chores. If you want to get the house in order before you have the kids start with maintenance chores, 1st Class Cleaning can help you with special services and customized cleaning plans.

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