Set Up Consequences
When chores don't get done, it's important that children realize the consequences. For example, if your child doesn't clean his bedroom, everything on the floor must be considered garbage. "It sounds harsh, but don't be afraid to go into their room and put everything that's on the floor into garbage bags," he says. Let your child get his things from the garbage twice, but the third time it happens, the items have to stay in the garbage. "You'll lose $100 worth of things, but in the long run, it will be the best investment you ever make," Rabbi Shmuley says. "They'll never leave their room a mess again."
Hire Outside Help
If you can afford it, try to get a cleaning person once or twice a week, Rabbi Shmuley says. A cleaning person can help with bigger tasks like cleaning the kitchen floors and scrubbing down the bathroom. "The only rule is that a cleaning person, if you are lucky enough to have one, should never clean up after the kids," he says. "Making their beds and picking up their rooms always has to be the kids' responsibility."
Teach Your Child Responsibility and Values
Whether it's helping with the laundry, doing the dishes or walking the dog, chores teach children to give back, Rabbi Shmuley says. "It teaches them responsibility and how to overcome laziness," he says. "Almost every chore a child does teaches them that they're part of a household and they have to contribute." Rabbi Shmuley shares his recommendations for chores for every age.
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