Chores are an important part of teaching children about responsibility. By encouraging kids to be accountable for completing everyday chores, even at an early age, you might be surprised at their willingness to share in the household duties.
Here are some tips from the Walgreens Ology team on how to get the kids involved in creating a happy, healthy and clean home.
Stick to a routine. Consistency is a key component in motivating children to follow through with chores. Make sure to stay on schedule so your kids don’t get into the habit of procrastinating until the following week.
Keep expectations reasonable. Go in knowing that your kids aren’t going to clean in the same way you would. Be sure to encourage them along the way for their efforts and resist the urge to criticize or redo the chores they’ve completed.
Request specific actions. Make sure you give them clear and specific tasks to complete. For example: Rather than telling your kids to put their clothes away, ask them to fold their clothes and put them in the dresser drawers or hang them in the closet.
Use family-friendly cleaners. Fight everyday household messes with a cleaner that is safer for your family and paper towels that are better for the environment, such as Ology All-Purpose Cleaner and 100-percent tree-free paper towels. The cleaner’s plant-based formula is free of harsh solvents, dyes, ammonia and artificial fragrances. Even if your children are too young to clean the countertops themselves, you can feel good about using these cleaners that contain no harmful chemicals when you children are close by.
Use a reward chart. For kids, especially the younger ones, a visual reward chart is a great motivational tool and helps children to feel a sense of accomplishment. Purchase a set of gold stars or fun stickers, and allow them to mark off each chore on the chart once finished. After a certain number of chores are completed, offer a small reward for their hard work, such as a movie of their choosing or a special dessert.
Give ample praise. Even more important than material rewards is the satisfaction of a job well done. Make sure to give lots of encouragement along the way as well as positive feedback once the chore is complete.