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How do I get my kids to do chores?

My kids are 9,11 and 14 and they are so lazy it's unbelievable. My house looks like a tip from morning till night unless I spend all my spare time cleaning up after them. I feel like a broken record nagging at them relentlessly but it doesn't work, they're still lazy layabouts. How can I get them to DO SOMETHING?!



  • AnnieB73
  • @2014-06-03 10:31:07
  • United States
  • Age: 48
The best way to get your lazy kids LOL to do the chores is to ask them what they think needs to be done in the house to keep it tidy. Also ask them if they like living in a mess. What you could do if you can stomach it, it to not do their laundry or clean their rooms for a week and see how they feel about it. That might make them could to their senses and give you a helping hand!
I agree with Annie, get them to come up with a list of chores that need doing. Then they can be divided up between them and rotated so one child doesn't have all the horrible chores. Here are a few that you might suggest if they are struggling.
  • Unload dishwasher or washing up/drying/putting away
  • Setting the table
  • Picking up toys/books/games etc
  • Feeding animals
  • Cleaning animals out (cages, litter trays etc)
  • Making their bed
  • Watering plants
  • Sewing any lose buttons back onto coats or school shirts
  • Cleaning the bathroom
  • Cleaning the windows
  • Washing the car
  • Hanging the washing
  • Making their packed lunch
  • Helping to make dinner
  • Cleaning their shoes
  • Emptying their school bags and giving you any letters.
  • Hoovering
  • Moping floors
  • Dusting
You could have points for each chore and those points could be transferred into pocket money or staying out later on the weekends. If you can all work together the house can be spotless!

  • ShirleyG
  • @2014-06-03 10:40:55
  • United Kingdom
  • Age: 62
I found that my daughter never understood the concept of 'tidy your room', so we came up with a specific list which she could tick of each day. She found that the structure of this list really helped her, she liked to do the items so she could tick them off.

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