Make Chores More Fun by Doing Them Together
Who likes doing chores? Honestly, most kids don’t. Many adults don’t actually enjoy it either; we just know it’s something that has to be done. That said, you can make chores more fun by doing them together. This can be a great way to come together as a family, do the things you need to do, and also spend time together. There’s no reason chores have to be a solo activity. Think about how much more entertaining it could be to fold laundry if you had someone to talk to while you do it. The same can be said of all household chores. All you need to do is create a family/household routine that involves doing chores together. It is also very important to get kids involved in household chores so they can learn how to do them as an adult., remember we are raising men! Not boys!
Here are some examples:
- Play music and sing while you clean up after dinner. You can wash and put away dishes, put away the leftovers, and clean the kitchen together as a family. You’ll get it done more quickly and it’s way more fun than one person slaving away all alone in the kitchen after dinner.
- Make it a game – Can you turn picking up toys into a game for your younger children? What about a scavenger hunt around the house to find items and put them back in their place? There are many ways to turn chores into fund time.
- Dance – You can dance while you sweep or mop. Invite the rest of the family to join in and play some of their favorite songs.
- Hang out and talk – How often do you get time to just chat with your kids? Hanging out and talking while you do chores together is a great way to make chores more fun and also spend quality time together.
- Create a “buddy system” – If you have more than one child, you can create a buddy system where kids do chores together in pairs. This can make it more fun for them and also increases the chances of them doing it correctly. Two sets of hands are better than one, right?
Think about it – the chores are going to have to get done, no matter what, right? So, plan to do them together and see how much more quickly chores can get checked off the list. You’ll also be spending time together as a family and it can reduce stress, prevent procrastination, and help you get to know one another better.
Recommended books and resources for getting kids involved in chores!
Smart Kids Smart Money: The Ultimate Parent’s Guide.Chores and Responsibilities: A Child’s Guide. The Surprising Impact of Chores on Kids’ Futures Melissa & Doug Magnetic Responsibility ChartChalkboard Chore Refrigerator Chart with Rewards – Responsibility and Activity Star Calendar – for Home, Kitchen and Classroom.
With these ideas in mind, you can make chores more fun by doing them together. Which ideas do you want to try? Did this list help you come up with any ideas of your own?