Sunday, August 12, 2007
How I get my 4yo boy to do chores
Once the kids hit a certain age they seem to take to chores a lot better- not perfectly, just more compliant and less force from me. Daniel is 4 1/2 and is just starting to find his way out of the "I do not want to do my chores and you can't make me" stage. He is in charge of putting the silverware away when the dishwasher gets emptied. What motivates him to do it? The microwave is above the silverware drawer and it has a kitchen timer feature. Daniel loves to set the timer and race to get the silverware put away. It doesn't matter how long he gives himself to get the job done, he will work quickly to beat the time regardless. Sometimes that means he is 'racing' a 35 minute time! He must be a competitive person as it has always helped him to pick up if someone races against him or if we have him race himself to see how fast he can do it.