How to motivate your children to help with chores

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I don’t know about you but there is absolutely no way I can hold down a job and deal with all of the housework and chores that need to be done all by myself.  While my husband may help when pigs fly occasionally, most of the responsibility falls on my shoulders and that just is not working for me.  It’s tough to get my kids motivated to help me with the chores.  I have a difficult time remembering who did what and when they did it which makes incentives tough to keep track of.

chore chart, chore charts

Using a chore chart can be a helpful way to keep track of what your child is and is not doing. This helps them stay motivated and helps you remember what exactly they’ve done and haven’t done. GoalForIt.com allows you to create a personalized chore chart that you can either print out or use online.  You can also create an optional reward system that will help motivate your child so at the end of the week they can claim their reward.

chore chart, chore charts

I’ve tried printable chore charts before and one of the problems that I’ve had is that most of the designs are for little kids.  While a chore chart with trains, balloons and princesses may work wonderfully for a 5 year old, a 14 year old is not going to be all that impressed with it when you try to get them to use it. I love that GoalForIt.com has designs that work for tweens and teens as well as for younger children!

behavior chart, behavior charts

There’s another amazing use for these chore charts, they are valuable for not only tracking chores your child needs to get done but behaviors they need to work on as well.  As a mom with a son who has ADHD, it can be a real challenge to get him to change some of the behaviors that he has without me nagging about them all day long. I love that GoalForIt.com offers behavior charts and best of all, their charts are FREE!

To make this process work best, talk with your child about the type of reward they most want. Offering them a day out with friends may seem like a good idea but if what they really want is money toward a new video game, it may not motivate them as much as you think.  Also be realistic about how much time they have to help you especially if they have homework and extra curricular activities like sports.  It may make the most sense to have less work during the week and more work on the weekends.

What do you have the hardest time motivating your kids to help out with?

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About Ellen Christian
Ellen is a busy mom of two teenagers who left the corporate world in 2008 to focus on a more eco-friendly life. She lives in rural Vermont where she juggles family, two blogs and a career in social media.

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