Even if you develop a chore system in your home, you may find that you still need to find the proper motivation for kids to do chores. Check out these ideas for successfully motivating your kids to complete their chores each week.
Setting Up a Chore System
First, you need to set up a chore system. It really doesn’t have to be complicated, but you should definitely consider delegating some of the household chores to your kids! Learning how to complete these tasks properly is a life skill. Plus, by including the kids in the running of the household, you will take some of the burden off your shoulders as the homeschool mom.
Check out these related posts for more help in setting up your chore system.
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Simple Motivation for Young Kids
Sometimes with young kids, all it takes is some simple motivation like colorful chore charts or repetition punch cards.
Here are some great chore charts to check out for your kids.
Another simple motivation tool is repetition punch cards. These cards help kids keep track of how many times they’ve done a task. So, if you were using these to keep track of chores, have your child punch a hold in the card each day they help unload the dishwasher, for example. Once their punch card is fully punched, they can turn it in for a small reward. Decide ahead of time what the reward will be, and your child will enjoy the visual and kinesthetic motivation of punching their card for each completed task. You can create your own cards or download FREE repetition punch cards to use for your home, homeschool, and chores.
Using Trello for Accountability for Older Kids
Older kids might not need to use cute repetition punch cards for motivation. Instead, they might just need a bit of accountability. The best way for tweens and teens to complete their chores is to remind them without nagging! You can do this by using Trello to schedule their homeschool assignments and tasks plus chores. Trello provides the perfect amount of accountability, as they can check off chores as they get done, and you can check in via Trello at any time.
If you’re curious about how to use Trello for scheduling and chore set-up, then check out these Trello instructional videos from 4onemore.com
You might also be interested in these additional Trello posts and resources:
Maybe you’re ready to move your chores and allowance system totally into the 21st century and make it all digital. There’s a solution for you! The Jassby app allows you to set tasks and chores for your child to complete and then “spend” their allowance in a safe app that you can control. It also allows grandparents to gift money to your child through the platform.
Since many of our kids are motivated by digital apps, transitioning your allowance system in this way may motivate your kids more than before. You can listen to an interview with the founder of the Jassby allowance app on episode 88 of the Homeschool with Moxie Podcast.
Don’t give up with finding new and unique ways to motivate your kids to do chores. One day they really will thank you for the character-building and perseverance.
Abby is a former public school teacher, now homeschooling her five children. She’s in the trenches just like you and knows it can be challenging to be home with your kids all day while you struggle to keep up with the housework and educate your kids (and maybe even work on the side!). She blogs over at www.4onemore.com and hosts the Homeschool with Moxie podcast.