The Challenge of Chores
Grumbling, complaining, and outright refusing: these are a few of the responses a dad might receive when he begins the dreaded task of assigning chores. Kids will never find chores fun, despite what Mary Poppins might say, but being consistent and offering rewards can result in a happier household.
A chore chart is the basic organizational tool for scheduling and assigning chores. These charts can take different forms according to how relaxed or strict you would like them to be. For instance, assigning a specific chore for each day of the week, such as "wash dishes on Tuesdays" is great for younger kids who respond well to routine. As kids become older, you might want to let them have more control over their chores by putting a list on the refrigerator and giving kids a week in which to complete those assigned to him.
Of course, rewards, monetary or otherwise, are the motivation behind completing chores. "How much?" is a personal choice, and money is not the only option. Again, age plays a role in this decision. Little kids might enjoy a special trip to Toys R Us or Chuck-e-Cheese for completing all their chores over the course of two to four weeks instead of cash. However, older kids can learn how to budget their money by being paid for chores at the end of the week. Another option for older kids is to cover their expenses for certain activities, such as going to the movie with friends.
Though kids do not find chores pleasurable, they will enjoy the rewards from responsibly completing them as well as praise from you.