Whether you’re a nanny or a parent, you’re bound to run into struggles when trying to get children to help with the chores. There’s no doubt that teaching children to help with the chores expands their skills and abilities and gives them a sense of responsibility. However, it may take some work to get the children motivated to start the chores and keep at them until they are finished.
Establish a Routine
Set up a schedule for the kid’s day and let them know the time frames that they are expected to do their chores. A block calendar posted on the refrigerator could be a simple place to develop a plan. You can start with just a couple of chores and add more onto their responsibility list as they get accustomed to the schedule and are completing their chores correctly and in a timely manner. Before you send them on their way to doing chores on their own, be sure to tell them and then show them how to do each specific task – and then let them show you how to do it.
What Motivates the Kids?
One of the most important things to determine is: what motivates the children? Do they like a special snack or are stickers enough to get the children moving? For long-term rewards, a trip to their favorite restaurant or a few hours at the skating rink could be the ticket to motivation. Figure out which short term rewards will encourage the children on a daily basis and which long term rewards will give keep them motivated for the long haul.
Between verbally encouraging the children, and giving them reminders to complete their chores at specific times, you will give them a good start. Then, be sure to do your part and give them rewards that they earn in a timely manner. Consistency is the key to keeping the children on track – when they see that their hard work is rewarded, they will want to earn more rewards.
Children want to be accountable and feel like they are contributing to the house in a positive way. They want to have responsibilities – they want to do a good job, and they like to hear that they’re doing a great job. You’ll be surprised how far a pat on the back and some praise – and small rewards along the way – can go with children.