12 Painless Ways to Get Kids to Do Chores

Having your kids drag their feet when it comes to doing their chores doesn't have to be the rule. With a few tricks, your kids will get their chores completed without much nagging. Here are 12 tips to get them on track.

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Make it Routine

Many people, including kids, thrive on routine. Make regular chores routine—such as emptying the dishwasher after eating breakfast or straightening up their room for 10 minutes after dinner each night. These are our top 10 household cleaning tips.

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Create a Chore Bucket

Let your kids choose their task. Write down a bunch of chores that need to be completed and have them pick one or more out of a bucket. Give them a time frame in which they must get their chore done. This is the definitive guide on how often you should clean everything.

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Work for the Password

Tired of your kids sitting around and fiddling with their phones and tablets all day? Make them work for your home’s Wi-Fi password. They can’t get the password until their chores are completed. Just remember to change your password that morning. Discover tips to make your home Wi-Fi faster.

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Make a Chore Chart

If you want your kids to have daily chores, make them a chore chart. Hang it in a spot where everyone can see it and keep track. They may find it rewarding to mark off completed tasks each day. You can also use stickers as incentive, depending on the age of the kids. Build a home message center to stay organized.

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Create a Toy Jail

Does your child have a favorite toy? Consider putting that toy in “jail” until his or her chores are completed. They’ll likely work fast to free their favorite toy. Here are 12 awesome ideas for storing toys.

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Use Rewards

Rewards can be a great incentive for young children struggling to get their chores done. Have them choose something fun to do after they get a certain number of chores done, such as a trip to get ice cream or a movie date.

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Use a Timer

Kids love to get things done when it’s a race. Set a timer to see how many chores they can get completed in a set amount of time. Just make sure they do a good job.

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Work for Hire

Give kids an opportunity to earn a little extra when they take on extra work. Create a work-for-hire board with tasks they can do for a little extra money once their daily chores are done. You might be surprised to come home and even have your daily tasks completed for you.

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Make it a Game

Make it a game and there’s a good chance your kids will get their chores done in a timely fashion. Do they have to clean up the play area? See how many toys they can collect in a set amount of time.

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Work with Them

Teamwork can come in handy. Team up with your child to weed the garden or do the dishes. This will help young kids learn how to do tasks around the house. Try these tips for easier garden weeding.

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Offer Praise

When your child does a good job on a task or keeping up with their chores, let them know. Tell them they did a good job mowing the lawn or doing dishes. Let them know their work is valued. Here’s why you shouldn’t mow your lawn every week.

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Give Them an Allowance

Let’s face it, kids love having their own money. Include your child in a discussion about how much their work is worth and consider giving them a little extra now and then when they do a job especially well.

Rachel Brougham
Rachel Brougham lived through a major home renovation in 2019, knows the ups and downs of home improvement, and loves sharing tips with readers. A veteran journalist of both print and television, she’s won several awards for her writing and has covered everything from the environment and education to health care, politics and food. She’s written for several publications beyond newspapers including Bob Vila, Taste of Home and Minnesota Parent, and she currently writes a weekly syndicated newspaper column. Her memoir, Widowland, about the sudden loss of her husband, was published in 2022. She specializes in everything from home decor and design to lawn and garden, product reviews and pet care. When she’s not writing, you can usually find her tending to her garden (both vegetables and native plants), playing with her dog, watching sports with her family or getting some exercise. A native of Michigan, she currently lives in Minneapolis. An avid user of Instagram, you can follow her @RachBrougham.