But teens need to have responsibilities. How can you make sure your teen does what’s expected?
Nagging teens to finish their chores is unpleasant for you and doesn’t really work. Here are some suggestions for “no-nag” ways to get teens to finish chores:
- Establish a routine. Simply make a household chore a regular habit. After dinner, you might hand your plate to your teen. You don’t have to say, “Wash the dishes”—but she knows what’s expected. Other chores can be assigned to a particular time. In some families, Saturday morning is chore time.
- Negotiate. If your teen always seems to grouse about a particular job, maybe she’d like to swap. Offer to take out the trash if she’s willing to prepare part of the dinner, for example.
- Write notes. When your teen doesn’t finish a job, try putting your thoughts in writing. You will communicate your message and it won’t seem like nagging.
Copyright © Parent Institute