This post was sponsored by Mean Green. All opinions are my own.
I’m a huge fan of kids doing chores for a number of reasons. For one thing, in a house with six people, I can’t do everything myself. I may have actually wept when I taught my older kids to do their laundry, and dinners are definitely more pleasant when everyone helps clear the table and load the dishes. Over our Christmas break, my teenage son shopped for and cooked dinner while I did nothing and it was beautiful, I tell you.
How to Get Kids to Do Chores:
- have them work while you’re working – if everyone’s doing jobs around the house at the same time, no one feels like they’re doing all the work
- put on music – this is the most successful thing we do. Everyone feels better when there’s a good tune going
- race each other – this may not work for things like cleaning counters, where you want kids to be more thorough. But for picking up toys or cleaning a room, tap into kids’ natural competitiveness and challenge them to a race like “I bet I can get all the red LEGOs picked up before you get all the blue ones!”
- praise them – kids take pride in their work, and they tend to try harder when it’s rewarded and noticed
- have something to look forward to afterward – when you point out that we get to go to the park or the library or somewhere fun after jobs are done, everyone is more motivated!
Since I have a 10-year old, I figured this was the perfect time to get him started cleaning counters and bathrooms! He actually enjoys doing it, so I’m going to encourage that attitude as long as I possibly can.
We use the Mean Green Super Strength Cleaner & Degreaser in the kitchen to clean counters, the stovetop, and the inside of the microwave. In the bathroom, we use the Mean Green Mildew Destroyer to get rid of mildew…and also the soap scum and buildup that seems to accumulate in the nooks and crannies of our shower and bathtub. We also have the Mean Green Auto & Garage Cleaner & Degreaser already out in the garage, ready to clean up the grease and grime that seems to get everywhere out there.
It does take more effort to get kids up and running with chores – we parents have to demonstrate how to do the jobs, and we need to supervise pretty closely or check at the end to make sure the chores actually got done. We may even have to let a few things go at first – kids probably aren’t going to do things the way we would. But in the end, when we’re sitting with our Starbucks while they go grocery shopping, or while we’re doing other things around the house while the kids clean the bathroom for us…the effort on everyone’s part is definitely worth it.
Do you have your kids do chores? What do they do?
Thanks to Mean Green for sponsoring this post!
Road Trip Journal
Sign up here to get the road trip journal and other helpful tips for traveling with kids!