You want your child to be responsible at school and at home. Giving her chores at home is an important way to encourage responsibility at school.

If your child resists chores, here are some tips:

  • Make sure she has the knowledge and supplies she needs. If she’s learning to make her bed, for example, practice together until she’s confident. Use bedding that makes the job fairly easy.
  • Schedule chores to match your child’s energy level. If she’s busy and tired on school days, assign weekend chores. She might clean her room or water the plants every Saturday, for example.
  • Give her a say in which chores she does. After listing necessities, ask which general tasks sound best to her. She might actually enjoy putting away laundry or washing the dog.
  • Find ways to motivate your child. Post sayings: “Do your personal best!” Or mention fun, after-chore activities: “As soon as the trash is outside, we can leave for the mall.”
  • Use a job chart to keep track of progress. Don’t require perfection, but expect your child to try hard and finish promptly.

Compliment her work and thank her for helping the family succeed!

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