Does everyone in your family run the other direction when you say the word "chores"? Making chores fun may be the way to please everyone. Mom and Dad get the help they need and the kids have fun along the way.
Here are 10 ideas to get the job done, happy style.
1. Different Name, Different Game
Mission Impossible, Duty Board, Weekly Assignments, Family Game Time, Max is in Charge Of, Requirements for the Day, and the list goes on. Call it something different and you may get a better response.
2. Money, Money, Money
Does money speak louder than words at your house? Having each chore receive a certain monetary amount will definitely be an incentive for getting the work done. How about hiding coins or small bills throughout their room and they have to clean up to find the money. Non-monetary rewards are also an incentive. How about, whoever cleans their room first gets to stay up half an hour later that night?
Turn on some music with a good beat and dance those chores away. Music can lift your spirits and it makes the time go by faster. Make sure it's a song that your kids will enjoy - not just one for you.
4. Make it a Game
Be judge, and sentence them to jail if they aren't helping. Have a contest to see who can pick up the most items. Be pirates and go on a treasure hunt to find the missing shoe. Pretend you are filming a cleaning commercial as you wash the bathroom. Pick a particular color and have everyone clean up everything that matches that color. Play the lottery and pull out different chores from a hat.
5. With Parents
My children each have an evening where they are responsible for washing the dishes and cleaning the kitchen after dinner. When I have something else to do and I leave, it seems to take them all evening to finish them and they have to be reminded to stick to task several times. When I am able to stay and help out a little, it always seems to go faster. Not only that, but I get a great chance to spend some one on one time with them and talk about how life is going.
6. Benefits of Friends
Everything is more fun with friends. We had planned to pull the weeds in the back yard on a Saturday morning and were contemplating how to get our teenage girl to help out. She wanted to invite her boyfriend. We were skeptical at first, but not only was she up and ready to go at the appointed time, but she was more than helpful, and more cheery than we expected.
7. Kid-Sized Tools
It's always more fun when you have your own tools and when they are kid-sized too, even better. Make sure they can't hurt themselves with the cleaning solutions and then send them on their way with their own spray bottle. Cut off brooms or small gloves make the job more fun too.
8. Spic and Span in 10
Set the timer and see how much can get done in the allotted time. Call it "Spic and Span in Ten" and do it at the same time each day. Doing it right before Daddy gets home is a great way to have the house picked up and presentable before dinner. Or right before bed means that you get to wake up to a clean house in the morning.
9. Dress Up
Super Clean Man and Princess Cinderella have magical powers and they can clean up everything. They can even pick up after the messy kids that live in this house!
Chores don't have to be a bore. Try something different every now and then to make mundane, everyday chores, a little entertaining.