Wednesday 1 November 2017

How to get your kids doing chores every time you ask them

As we were washing up after a busy preparation day, I asked the room in general "what chores do your kids do?"

"Nothing" says one friend, "it's easier if I do them."

"Just little things" says another, "he can't do much yet."

My mouth fell open, and I quietly huffed to myself.

These women work full time, have kids the same age as mine, and they're doing all the household chores?

Something didn't seem right here.

"Why is it easier if you do everything?" I asked my friends.

"They're boys." said one person.

"Because they don't do it the way I like it done." answered another.

And therein lies (two) problems, but today we're only interested in tackling one of them - mama expectations.

Because after much discussion, research, googling, pinteresting (all in the name of research) kids not doing chores boils down to mama expectations.

How many times have you said to your children "don't worry I'll do it"?

I said it to Douglas just a couple of nights ago. We've got a new dishwasher, with different racks than our last, so as I was trying to explain to him how to best stack everything to wash, I ended up saying "don't worry, I'll do it" and he still doesn't know how to best stack the dishwasher (I checked it this morning.)

But if we constantly jump in and do it for them, how will they ever learn to do it?

How do we overcome this?

I have a solution.

I've studied my actions over the last few months, and I've broken it down to five things that have got my kids doing chores every single day.

Want to know what they are?

You'll have to sign up for my ecourse below.*
* That feels like a bit of a bait and switch, right?

I've been working (on and off) on this for a few months now, with my original plan to make this an ecourse for dollars.

But my head won't let me charge you for it yet, so I'm throwing it open for beta testing for the month of November only.

Sign up, and follow my tips, and I promise hope they work for you as well as they've worked for me.


1 comment

  1. My son does chores, but I find it really difficult finding the balance between him getting things done and things being done the way I think they should be done. I have to keep reminding myself that what matters is that he gets the job done, not that it's done the way I would do it. It's definitely challenging my perfectionism! I'm looking forward to following your ecourse :-)


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