Share the chores with the family
September 19, 2013

Do you find yourself left with a mountain of housework while the rest of your family gets to sit around and relax? There are plenty of reasons why helping with housework is good for kids, besides the fact that it’s only fair for you to get some help. Here are some reasons why other family members should help out, and also some methods to get them involved.

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Why should families share the housework?

Aside form the fact that it’s absolutely unfair for the burden of housework to fall on one person’s shoulders, it’s important to teach your kids the importance of sharing and contributing toward the common good. A family is a cooperative, and every member should learn the importance of helping out and supporting the group. Since children are members of the group, they should contribute.

Housework is also an opportunity to teach kids the skills they will need once they get their own houses. Cooking, cleaning, ironing and laundry are things everyone needs to know if they are going to be independent, and the time to learn is now!

Furthermore, young children will often appreciate the responsibility of helping out and being given the opportunity to show off their skills. For example, a five-year-old will most likely appreciate the responsibility of helping get a meal on the table or caring for a pet. As children get older, they become more withdrawn and less interested in family life, so it’s important to establish these routines while the kids are still young and willing to learn to be helpful.


Top ways to get everyone to help 

Since many people are turned off by housework, it can be challenging to get them involved. However, there are plenty of ways you can make it less of a pain. The first step is to set a good example. If they see you working, and then see you ask politely for help, then they will be more likely to oblige.

You can also set up a chore schedule, with every family member taking an age-appropriate responsibility for a certain period of time each week. That way, it will become routine and everyone will get used to it.

Finally, if all else fails, you can make it worth their while. You can promise a small reward in return for help around the house. This method is perhaps most effective for large-scale projects, like spring cleaning day or cleaning out the attic. For these projects, you can even make it a game, in which the kids go through their old things and find items that they can give away or sell online. For example, if the kids sell old games online, you can allow them to keep the profits.


Either way, it is important for every family member to help keep the house livable. Don’t get stuck doing everything by yourself. Instead, get everybody to contribute!