How do get kids to do chores? Put ’em to WORK. Like, seriously — getting our kids to help the whole family with certain duties is not an option in this too-much-going-on social environment anymore. I do insist my kids help out. (No really, I do. My girls’ plate-taking-up-to-the-sink skills are now on autopilot because I’ve insisted they do it since they were each 3 years old…)
That’s not to say they’re perfect little chores-angels. (I don’t wanna clean up my toys and I’m not gonna do it!) But they’re pretty impressive most of the time. Just wait for the teenage years, I know…
Here’s the harsh truth: Getting kids to do things IS up to US. Is it easy? NO. Does it require vigilant insistence? YES. Does it require that we actually cut off certain privileges when they don’t do what they’re supposed to, just to drive the lesson home? YES.
Does it require a new app? Sure, if you want. Circle with Disney now offers a new “Chores” connection so older kids can do their chores and fulfill their responsibilities while racking up more screen-time or later bedtimes (per the parents’ designation) — a cool option to have in your back pocket.
I recently tackled putting our kids to work on CBS Los Angeles news for my regular FAB Mom segment. Take a peek and let me know if you think my POV about putting babies in laundry baskets is too harsh (you’ll see below this one’s a two-fer):
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