One way you can get the family involved in getting things done around the house and keep the chore list checked off is to make chore time fun. Yes I said FUN! Now I know you may not associate chores and fun but they really can be. Here are some ways to make chore time fun at home.
Have a reward system
A great way to make chore time fun is to have a reward system and then make the rewards something the kids want. When the kids are little you may find that a movie or sweet treat will do the trick to reward your little one for doing his or her chores. However, as the children get a little older you might need to up the ante. Maybe give electronics time or a later bedtime works. Find a reward that works and you might find your kids working harder to get through those chores.
Have fun while cleaning
Another great way to make chore time fun is to actually make it fun. Put on some music, blast it through the house and dance while you do your chores. Singing along with show tunes can really get the adrenalin going and get the kids laughing and partaking in the fun. Showing them you can have fun while cleaning can get them in the spirit (and the habit) of joyfully taking care of their chores.
Make it a contest
As your kids get older, you could make chore time a contest. In the spirit of the reward system, consider making it a contest who can complete all their chores the most consecutive days in a row, or who can complete them the quickest with the least issues, or even who can fit in the most extra chores in a week and give them a prize. Though you don’t have reward them every time, giving them something to work toward can certainly be a motivator.
Play a game
You can make cleaning a game by having fun and unique ways of selecting chores to be completed as well as how long to work on something,. Consider having a jar with cleaning tasks on paper in the jar or even write the tasks on a piece of paper and crumple them like balls and play hot potato or something similar to determine which chores each child can do. Then set a timer for 5 minutes and when the timer goes off, switch tasks so you are cleaning in round robin formation. It can be a little difficult for a Type A person like myself to not finish a task and leave it for someone else but your kids will likely get a kick out of it.
Whether you play a game, burn some calories dancing while you vacuum, or just instill a great reward system, making chore time fun can be a great way to keep you kids helping your around house without having to yell at them to work. Chores do not have to be sullen. Have some fun. Show them you can have fun while cleaning and soon you’ll have smiling kids AND a sparkling house!!
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