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Jennifer O'Donnell

On Laundry and Other Chores

By January 30, 2013

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What does your tween do to help out around the house? Does he do laundry? Take care of the pets? Clean bathrooms? We don't have a set chore chart at our home, I just assign what needs to be done, and then nag until it is.

Lately, I've been a little slack. Exams, illness and busy schedules are my cop out. But really, I just get tired of nagging.

So, I'm looking for a few new incentives to offer my kids to encourage them to tackle their chores independently.

Any ideas? I'm all ears.

February 5, 2013 at 10:26 am
(1) Veronica says:

I’m right there with you. My daughter is thirteen and the youngest of four with nineteen years between her and the eldest. Staying on top of them(nagging) use to be my way but I have run out of energy :/ I would love some fresh ideas to motivate her :) I sure hope you have a great response :)

February 5, 2013 at 1:10 pm
(2) Bonnie says:

Take time to talk about what you need help with. Let them know that you’ll wash their clothes if they will take them to the laundry room (you won’t collect them yourself), and that you’ll put the clean ones in their room (they will put them away). Tell them that you’ll show them how to put the clean ones away or put the dirty ones in sorted piles, but you want and need them to help you. If they don’t comply, they won’t have clean clothes…..a teen will likely only once go to school in less than fresh clothes. Natural consequences re great!

If they like money to go to the movies or out for a burger with friends, tell them to spend heir own money. If they have no money, suggest how they’ll earn it. My kids get money as a gift now and then….that is their spending money. If they help me around the house (anything), I give them money on Fridays ($5 more or less if earned).

I also allow my kids to make up for a mistake by doing extra chores. They earn back privileges this way.

As time goes by and with success, you can gradually add more responsibility. Sudden and extreme changes in their routines and home life may be responded o with rebellion. Start small and grow!

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