Clever ways to motivate your kids

By admin
06 August 2014

There’s nothing more frustrating than feeling like you’re the only one cleaning up after your little hurricane children. Letting them help out won’t just ease your frustration, it will also teach them responsibility. Here are some top ideas from our Pinterest board to get kids involved in the home.

There’s nothing more frustrating than feeling like you’re the only one cleaning up after your little hurricane children. Letting them help out won’t just ease your frustration, it will also teach them responsibility. Here are some top ideas from our Pinterest board to get kids involved in the home.

1.       A chore as payment

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Struggling to get the kids to pick up their clothes and toys? Create a home-based “pound”. It could be as simple as a box or a basket, and every time you find something lying around it gets impounded. If your kids want it back they have to pick one of the chores in the house to do.

2.        A chore pinboard

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Set up a list of chores and make a pinboard such as the one in the image with hardboard and colourful blocks. Once a child has moved all of the chores from “to do” to “done” you can offer a reward such as an hour of videogames or an extra story before bedtime.

3.       Divide and conquer

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Is there too much to do in the house? Do you have more than one child that needs to learn to do their share? Divide the house into living areas as shown in the picture, create chores for each area and divide the areas between children. They can take turns with each area, for example the oldest can do the living room one week and the youngest can do the bedroom, and the week after they can swop.

4.       Offer extra pocket money in return

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Be clever and add the money to the chore card so they can see how much they might earn for each chore. You could also write the value of each chore on a chore card. This is a great way of teaching young children the value of money.

5.       Make a game of it

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Struggling to motivate them? Create a game and offer a prize at the end. Have a bowl of ping pong balls (it could also be building blocks or tokens, whatever you can find) and write a different chore on each ball. Give them half an hour to choose a ball and do the chore. The one with the most balls at the end of the half an hour gets a prize.

For more ideas such as these go to our Pinterest board entitled “Chores/Help in die huis”.

-Dalena Theron

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