What a Chore to Make Chores Work!

Getting the kids on board with chores is a chore in itself! I’m a big believer in trying to keep the home chore system somewhat consistent with school. Yes, kids today live in a fast-paced multi-media world and can watch MTV and get every innuendo, every inappropriate gesture, can tell you what color shirt or tattoo some teen pop star has. But…try a simple or complex command at home, “Could you feed the dog and let her out?” And you get a look as if you’re either talking Greek or from outer space. I’m sure our kids are all victims of SHD, selective hearing disorder (my term, by the way, not an actual diseasse!), but there are some things we can do to increase compliance. Something we tried this month which is meeting with some success is applying elevated, prestigious titles to the jobs. I got this idea from two places — my older son’s sleep-away camp’s job wheel, and believe it or not, my youngest son’s kindergarten classroom job chart. My 5-year-old was so excited for his job of the week that it made me think…Maybe I just need to market this a little better at home! So…our “Veterinarian” is in charge of our dog (feeding, letting her out). Our “Electrician” turns off lights when not in use. The “Locksmith” makes sure doors are locked. Our “Assistant Chef” backs me up at mealtime. Our “Tutor” helps a younger sibling with homework. Everyone gets a couple of jobs, and they seem to love it! Kind of like calling a mom a “Domestic Engineer,” huh?


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