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Three Incentives to Get Your Kids to Help with the Cleaning


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No parent is sure how, but children seem to have decided that parents and adults all enjoy doing the cleaning. They believe this so much that they will do everything they can to make sure you do it all. If this sounds like your children, and you are ready for a change, here are some great ways to get your kids helping with household chores like cleaning.

Points System

Whether it’s going to the mall with their friends, the movies on a date, or just to play video games, your children are going to need money at some point. Instead of a weekly allowance, allocate a cost towards each of their chores. Not only will they helping around the house but they are also learning the value of work and earning money.

Family Night Out

If your kids are getting bored with Friday night movie night and they enjoy family friendly activities like bowling or roller skating, agree to take them out if they complete a set amount of chores around the house. If the event is large, consider accumulating weeks worth of chores or selecting a larger job to do, such as cleaning the yard or the pool.

The key to this tip is to allow your children to choose the reward, to entice them to complete the work. However, remember to keep it family friendly so everybody can enjoy themselves.

Clean for the Internet

Have you noticed that your children almost always have their nose buried in the screen of their mobile device? Use this to your advantage by changing the wifi password daily, and only providing it to your children at the completion of their daily activities.

While they may be resistant at first, rest assured that the desire to use the internet will take over and your house will be cleaner than it has ever been.

When it comes to children and chores, there is no simple solution which can solve everything. However, these three tips are great ways to start the journey and can get your kids moving!