10 Unique Rewards for When the Kids (Finally) Get Their Chores Done
Getting your children to do chores can take some coaxing. If you can find the right thing to motivate your child, then you’ll find it’s easy! Perhaps you’ve tried many different types of rewards and can’t make them stick, or you’re looking for some unique ideas above money. Well, here are 10 unique rewards you can try with your child when they get their chores done!
1. Let Them Choose Dinner
Kids have a lot of opinions about what they get for dinner, so maybe a great strategy is to let them have control of not just what they get for dinner, but what everyone does. It can be a great motivator, especially if they get to hang something over the head of a sibling. Not that we encourage that, but you know how it goes!
2. Grant Them More
You kids usually want more of everything – more dessert, more time playing videogames, or more time on that awesome new scooter they got for their birthday. Whatever they want, find out what it is and offer them more of it – it’s guaranteed to be a great motivator for cleaning up their room or cleaning out the cat litterbox!
3. Treat Them as the Only Child
When you grow up in a household with siblings, spending time solo with your parents can be a really tempting thing. So, allow them to earn points by completing chores that will grant them a day as an only child. If you can, send the other kids to their grandparent’s house or a friend’s house for a few hours and let them bask in the attention of being the only child with you that day.
If your child loves to play in the kitchen with their own set of tools, then offer them baking time. Let them pick the recipe and get messy as they bake something fun.
5. Let Them Be the Parent
It may be difficult to give them a whole day, but maybe just for a few hours let them be the parent – meaning they get to make the fun choices of being an adult, don’t let them pay your bills or anything. They get to choose where you go that day, what you eat, what you watch on television or even when you go to bed!
6. Camp Out
If you’ve got a child that loves the outdoors, then let them have a good, old-fashioned backyard campout. Let them choose where to pitch the tent and have some fun right in your own backyard.
7. A Day Off
Even kids want a day off from their chores sometimes, so let them have it! After so many days in a row of chores being completed without much fuss, grant them a well-deserved day off. It’ll teach them to really savour the time they get a pass on their daily responsibilities.
8. Go to a Museum
If there’s somewhere your child really loves to go such as a museum or park, and then dangle it out there like a carrot to help inspire them to get their chores done. Plus, museums are educational, but you don’t have to tell them that.
9. Design a Family Day Out
You may notice a bit of a theme here, but you have to admit that kids like to have just a little bit of control. It’s fun for them to have power over their parents in a good-natured and earned way! As a reward for chores well done, let your child plan your family’s next outing.
10. Let Them Make a Mess
This one may seem strange since they probably work to clean up messes during chores, but for just one day let them do something really messy! It might be just going out in the garden and painting with their hands and feet or making mud pies, but if you have a child that really likes to get messy, then let them live their dream for a day!
Age Appropriate Chores
The thing about age-appropriate chores is that they’re a great teaching tool. They may not always be easy to enforce or fun to do, but they serve a purpose in your child’s life. But it doesn’t have to be such a serious endeavour. You can give them a chance to break out of the monotony of their daily chores and let them have some fun. That way, you’re the cool parent but you’re also the smart one, because you’re getting things done!
Samara Kamenecka is a New York-born freelance writer and translator living in Madrid. When she’s not busy trying to mould her two kids into functional, contributing members of society, she can usually be found enjoying a glass of wine (or three). You can find her blogging over at Tiny Fry.
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