Getting Kids to Clean
and beg for more chores
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Saturday cleaning! Ugh! That’s the usual eye rolling response we all get every week from our kids when they are expected to help with the cleaning. I have found an amazing solution; chores for screen time.
Over the years, I’ve created numerous ways to motivate my kids to have positive attitudes on our Saturday cleaning days. We’ve done cleaning Olympics where each one is scored based on their “performance”, team cleaning where we divided up into teams and other award type motivations.
This past week, I had decided we were going to have a screen free day after cleaning. But then I came to my senses and decided to allow screens based on the kids’ cleaning performance.
I posted the jobs that I expected to be completed and then added the maximum points each job could earn. As the kids did the jobs, they initialed it and I went back and scored their work. Every 100 points earned them 30 minutes of screen time.
They had a time limit and some jobs were allotted to certain kids (their rooms, laundry and time with the little one).
By the end, some kids were making offers to do other jobs for points. I got my windows and van cleaned in addition to the jobs I posted.
Overall, it was a great success and a definite way to motivate a more positive attitude.