Whether you’re ready for it or not, the holiday season is almost upon us. There will be family members visiting and dinner parties to plan. To make it through, you’ll need to get a system in place to keep the house clean, organized, and “showroom” ready. But there’s a dilemma… Do you do it all yourself and end up resenting your family and the holiday season entirely?
Heck no! (Trust me, I’ve been there.)
Get the kids involved! If your kids don’t have regular chores to do around the house, now is as good a time as any to begin delegating certain household tasks for them to complete. You can even get the littlest of family member involved.
My twin 3-year-olds are responsible for cleaning up their toys each night before bed. Of course, at 3 they’re not quite the best cleaners; but the more they keep at it, the better they’ll get. And all the while they’re gaining invaluable life skills – and learning responsibility and accountability to boot.
With today’s technology, chores can even teach older kids basic personal finance principles. Sites like MyJobChart.com give kids a fun and structured way to earn money by doing things around the house; and it even gives kids a cool way to spend what they earn. That way, they learn the benefits of work and the value of a dollar.
But with teens glued to their electronics and younger children’s short attention spans, how in the world do you get them engaged and motivated to complete their designated chores?
CEO of MyJobChart.com, Mr. Gregg Murset, has shared five brilliant ways to encourage and even get kids (of all ages) excited about doing their chores.
1. Use your kid’s love of technology to your advantage.
Don’t threaten to take your child’s phone or computer away. Instead, use that technology to get them to do their chores. By using sites like MyJobChart.com, your child can log in to their own account (which would probably be REALLY cool to a younger child who isn’t allowed on social media quite yet). In their account they can see what jobs need to be done around the house, register that they’ve completed a job, and find out what their reward is going to be. They’ll get super pumped at seeing their bank account grow. You can also leave positive notes to your child praising their work. It’s genius!
2. Let your child work to support a charity that they select
Life isn’t always about getting. Explain this to your children and discuss the importance of giving back. If you catch kids while they’re young, they grasp the concept of giving beautifully and will actually be excited to find opportunities to give back. Help your child find a charity or cause to support and then explain to them that by finishing their chores, part of the money that they earn can go towards the charity that they’ve selected.
On MyJobChart.com you can choose an organization and set their donation to be made once a year, every month, or every week. However you do it, your child can see how their hard work can help animals, other children, or to help find a cure. They’ll be really engaged and amped about giving back.
3. Up the ante by matching (doubling) everything your child makes
Is there something your child really wants to buy? Is there a charity that your child is really enthusiastic about helping? Pile on their workload and make an agreement with your kid that whatever they earn within a certain period of time, you will match them dollar for dollar to go towards that new toy and/or favorite charity.
4. Pay your child in a special day or a fun activity
Sometimes all a child really wants is a little extra fun time with mom and dad. Be it a trip to the zoo, dinner and a movie, or a trip to the trampoline park; make a standing arrangement to take your child to their place of choice if assigned tasks are completed properly. Whether you do it every week or every month, grant your child one wish to do something cool. This could be a huge motivator.
5. Allow a little overtime
Give your kids a taste of what it means to work overtime to earn more money. Most chores for kids are basic – like sweeping a floor, or taking out the trash; but if your child is really pumped about getting a new item or earning a little extra money, find other jobs that they can complete beyond those regular chores. Does the garden need weeding? Does the dog house need painting? Turn these into overtime tasks that could allow your kids to earn a little extra dough.
Does your child have regular chores? What do you do to ensure that they get them done? Share your tips in the comments!