6 Best Ways to Motivate Kids to Do Chores

by akashyadav - November 5, 2018

6 Best Ways to Motivate Kids to Do Chores

Cleaning the house and doing household chores are tedious tasks. And if you have kids, then it will double the trouble when it comes to cleaning. So you may need help from them, but if you’ve struggled to get your kids to help do chores, you’re in luck!  Don’t let your kids whine about doing household chores. Instead, you can inspire them to make these dull routines enjoyable and entertaining.

Here are six best ways to motivate your kids to do chores.

You should work as a team.

Working as a team is a simple yet efficient way to make cleaning more fun. If you do it together, it helps your kid realize that household chores are amusing and enjoyable. It never hurts a kid’s spirit to see their parents getting into the gutters with him. You can play his favorite tunes, then turn your Saturday cleaning into a dance party. And you’re there to demonstrate the proper way of cleaning, meaning the job is more likely to get done right.

You can offer various choices.

If you create a list of chores with your children, you should include the time frames in which specific duties need to be accomplished. You can brainstorm with your child about the best times for them to begin their task, as well as the best time for you. You can also give your children some choices and power within the limits that you set.

Mix it up a bit.

With repetitive tasks, it eventually gets boring for children as well as adults, so how about changing it up weekly, so no one has to do the same thing all the time? You can write each task on slips of paper and let your children pull them out of a jar to see what their random weekly assignments will be.

Be an excellent role model.

As a parent, you become the role model of your children. You’ll notice that they imitate you both unconsciously and consciously. Make sure you do it correctly and don’t whine about it.

You should express gratitude

You should thank your kid for helping with household tasks. You’ll talk to them about the teamwork of your family. When they offer to help, you can give them a high five as a way of saying “good job!”. Of course, when they need your help to do some chore, you should support and help them out.

Give age-appropriate chores

If a job is too hard or too easy, you have more resistance to doing it. Remember that something you expect a three-year-old to handle can be done by an older child as well. You’ll see below a list of chores by age to use as a guideline. You might be surprised by what your child is capable of doing with the right guidance and motivation!

Chore List by your Kid’s Age

For ages 2 – 3:

  • Put away toys
  • Stack books on a shelf
  • Put dirty clothes in a hamper
  • Throw away trash
  • Carry firewood
  • Fold small cloths/napkins, etc.
  • Set the dining table
  • Fetch diapers and wipes
  • Dust simple things like baseboards
  • Sponge off a table, etc.


Ages 4 – 5:

  • Feed pets
  • Clean or wipe spills
  • Sweep the floors
  • Make their beds
  • Water the plants in the yard
  • Sort eating utensils
  • Prepare simple snacks
  • Set and clear table
  • Use hand-held vacuum
  • Put own dishes in dishwasher or sink
  • Pull Weeds
  • Pick rocks out of the garden bed
  • Help with meals: wash fruits or veggies, gather items for dinner, etc.


Ages  6 – 8:

  • Gather trash
  • Match socks
  • Vacuum the carpet
  • Empty dishwasher
  • Rake leaves
  • Peel fruits/veggies
  • Make salad
  • Use dust mop on the floor
  • Put clothes away in drawers
  • Water plants independent of guidance
  • Fold laundry items like towels and napkins


Ages 8 – 9:

  • Wash laundry
  • Fold clean clothes
  • Put away groceries
  • Load dishwasher
  • Dust or polish furniture
  • Sweep inside or outside
  • Help write a grocery list
  • Find things in the grocery store
  • Simple cooking with guidance–  cookies, eggs, salad, etc.


Ages 10 – 11:

  • Vacuum
  • Mow lawn
  • Clean car
  • Get mail
  • Simple mending
  • Clean bathrooms
  • Deep clean kitchen
  • Garden help – like raking
  • Larger sweeping and clean out jobs
  • Polish things like furniture, inside of a car, etc.
  • Plan, with help, and prepare simple meals


Ages 12 & UP:

  • Mop floors
  • Walk the dog
  • Iron clothes
  • Simple home repairs
  • Change light bulbs
  • Wash windows, walls, etc.
  • Independently watch younger siblings
  • Trim hedges, weed, dig up a garden, rake leaves, etc.
  • Independently shop for groceries, house items, etc.
  • Prepare meals from start to finish, including finding recipes, baking, etc.

Household chores are excellent for kids, and it shows kids that families are built on mutual obligations. Kids will think like they are a part of something bigger than themselves. Hiring a professional house cleaning service will also help you keep your home spotless and polished.

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