Hard work builds character.  This applies to office work, schoolwork and yes, even housework.  A good parent teaches their kids the value of responsibility and hard work.  But, that doesn’t mean it has to be boring and dull.

Here are some ways you can make house cleaning  fun and doable:

  • Play some upbeat dance music that everyone enjoys.
  • Give rewards or treats for completing a certain number of tasks.
  • Make chores into games or contests by setting time limits or giving a prize to the first person to finish.
  • Do the chore with them.

Now that you know how to set the mood, assign chores according to each family member’s age and ability.

House CleaningToddlers and preschoolers:

  • Pick up toys and put them away
  • Return books to shelves
  • Dust furniture
  • Help older kids set the table and clear the table after meals

School-age children:

  • Clean up their rooms
  • Take out trash
  • Fold washed clothes and put them away neatly in the closets
  • Set the table and clear the table after meals


  • Help cook meals
  • Do the dishes
  • Clean the bathroom
  • Do the laundry
  • Wash and wipe windows
  • Shopping for and unpacking groceries
  • Vacuum the carpet or floors

A final word on getting your children to do chores.  Explain to them what needs to be done and why.  Don’t just impose your will or they’ll end up doing it grudgingly and will do everything to avoid it in the future.  Sincerely thank and praise your children to encourage them to co-operate again next time.

Remember, you can catch more flies with honey than with vinegar.

Image : Jim Champion