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    Posted: Mar/28/2012 at 12:26pm
Chores: 8 ways to get kids to help out around the house

March 21, 2012
JESSICA VITULLO

STAFF REPORTER

Let’s be real. Getting kids to do chores isn’t always easy. Kids may procrastinate at getting started, complain the tasks are boring and take five times as long as they should. Parent often give up and end up doing the work themselves. After all, isn’t that easier?

The truth is there is more to doing chores than just getting kids to clean up after themselves, says Judy Arnall, the author of bestselling book Discipline Without Distress: 135 Tools for raising, caring, responsible children without time-out, spanking, punishment or bribery.

“The purpose of chores is to teach them responsibility,” says the mother of five.

Plus, chores boost self-esteem and help children to see themselves as part of the family unit, she says.

Here are principles parents can follow to get kids are board with chores.

Give kids a choice. When kids have a choice of which chore to do, they are much more willing to do it and will take ownership of the task. One child may settle in to unloading the dishwasher while another sets the table with cutlery and napkins.

Make chores fun. Chores may not be as exciting as a trip to the park, but you can make them more fun.

“Say ‘Every Sunday, we’re going to put music on and the family is going to help out’ and it becomes fun and social,” suggests Arnall.

Don’t nitpick. Parents often go wrong by having the expectation that jobs they assign to their children will be done a certain way. But no one arrives on this earth knowing how to fold jeans. . If a parent criticizes when their child doesn’t do the job right the first time, he won’t be keen on doing the task in future.

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