Running a family, a home, a job and a life is a busy experience even once your kids have grown.
I have found that one of the best ways to cope is to sit down as a family and discuss who does what and share out the household chores.
Contractual cooperation works
By all sitting down together, when things are calm and you’re all in the mood to cooperate and be together, agreement is usually pretty easy to reach regarding who will do what.
I hear several disbelieving groans in the distance. But, try it and you might be surprised. The fact is, you all love one another and desire, in your heart, to help one another. Kids have no issue at all chipping in when they feel they have been asked to take on a responsibility and given a fair voice at the discussion table. They will be happy to help.
Once agreed, get it done
Once you have agreed your part, all you need to do is make sure that you fulfill your end of the bargain. If you don’t do your bit, you wont have a leg to stand on with your kids. Fair’s fair!
Getting your kids to do their chores
The truth is, I simply ask my kids (rather than tell them) when they plan to do something and this prompts them to get it done within a certain timeframe. I have written about this in more detail in a past blog; 10 tips to nurture more helpful kids
However, there are also lots of other good places to get advice on this topic. Why not check out the following:
- “I’ll Do It Later!”6 Ways to Get Kids to Do Chores Now at Empowering Parents
- How to get your children to do their chores by Dr Ruth A. Peters (t from her book ‘Laying Down the Law’)
- Getting Kids To Do Chores by Joanne McNulty – comes with free printable chore charts