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I’m still over the moon that my recent appearance on Living Dayton discussing ways to make chores fun for kids was such a huge hit! Truth be told, it all happened so quickly and I was so surprised to get the call asking me to appear in the first place, so it’s all kind of surreal. I’m so thankful for all the positive responses I received after my segments aired. THANK YOU to everyone who gave me such great feedback!
In case you missed the airing, here are my segments!
Getting kids involved in chores is typically a chore in and of itself, so I came up with several different (easy!) solutions for how to do this at home, especially with younger kids. Here are some of the ideas I shared on Living Dayton in the first segment…
Idea #1 – Give kids their own cleaning caddy
This is a great way to use an old Easter bucket or even a sand pail. Fill it up with some simple cleaning tools, such as a microfiber cloth, spray bottle with safe cleaner like this (or just water), handheld duster (I LOVE this duster), some paper towels, and maybe even a lint roller. Kids love lint rollers!
Here’s our little caddy that my son loves to use:
Idea #2 – Give kids a way to track a few simple chores each day
Especially when trying to get kids into a new habit, it’s great to start simple and have an easy way to track their progress. Making it fun means they’re more likely to stick with it! One way to do this is by having two containers, one for chores to-do, and one for chores that are done. Label a few popsicle sticks with the chores, and let your child move one stick to the other bucket as the chores are completed. Easy!
Repurposed baby food jars also work well for simple tracking. Each pom-pom could represent a different chore, or they could be the same chore each day if you’re trying to reinforce some good habits.
Idea #3 – Create a chore chart
Chore charts are a little more detailed and help kids see all their hard work add up, much like the ideas above. This great magnetic Melissa & Doug responsibility chart was featured on the show, and I even found some simple write-on ones with stickers at my local dollar store!
You can also make a simple one like the ribbon chore chart I featured on the show here. Staple or glue a ribbon to a plain shower ring, then attach different chores to the ribbon using some printed chore graphics, glue and a clothespin. Letting your kids move the chores down the ribbon as they complete them will make it fun and simple!
Idea #4 – Give them an incentive
Something as simple as a cookie sheet with some magnetic clips (I used these in my segment) is a great way to display an incentive for kids to do their chores! My son loves money (what kid doesn’t?!), so putting up a few coins or dollar bill for him to earn by completing his chores for the week really motivates him to do them.
Idea #5 – Celebrate their hard work!
Positive praise goes a long way with little ones, so encourage them to keep up the good work by taking a picture of them helping and send it to Daddy at work, or share a story about how much they helped you when they’re within earshot.
I hope these tips help spark some ideas about how to involve your little ones with helping around the house!
Thanks for reading… and watching! 🙂