Summer Chore List for Your Teenager

Ahhhh. . .summer.  That glorious time when you chase fireflies, swim and ride bikes with friends during the long days under the hot sun.

Well, that was our childhood.  Many childhoods nowdays involve sitting in a dark room watching Minecraft videos for 10-12 hours a day.

Doesn’t matter what your kid does during the long days of summer to entertain himself, the fact remains that there are things that need to be done around the house and your teen is the only one NOT working to make those things happen.

A 2015 study, that had been running for some 25 years showed conclusively that chores are good for kids — and help them turn into better adults.   So, if you want your kids to make more money, be well adjusted when they are adults and have more empathy and better social skills — put a chore list up on the fridge and give your teens responsibility this summer.

Despite all the facts that were presented in the Braun Research in 2014, 82 percent of grown-ups polled said they had regular chores when they were growing up, but only 28 percent reported asking their children to do any.

Here are some helpful hints on how to get the chores done around the house:

  1. Make technology time dependent on finishing the daily chores.  Yeah, they are going to PITCH A FIT.  If you have real problems getting them to do it, change the password on your wi-fi and don’t give it to them until their chores are complete.  They will soon get the “work before play” idea and get the chores done.
  2. Make a list of daily chores / weekly chores that are appropriate for the kids’ age.  A 12 year old might not be ready for doing the delicate laundry, but they can dust just about anything and wash the dog, too.
  3. Don’t have them do the same chore every day — mix it up!  Maybe Tuesday is a day off of chores, or maybe you only mow the lawn every other week — when creating your chore list, mix it up so you give up and down time to each kid.
  4. Have consequences if chores are not done when you get home.  And stick to those consequences!
  5. Have a “Chore Swap” once a month or so where the kids can swap chores they are bored with.  If you only have one kid, let them draw new chores from a bag.
  6. Every kid should have at least a few chores a week that require them to be outside.  Maybe it is watering the flowers or taking the dog on a few long walks a week or cleaning the outside windows . . . get them outside!
  7. Check Pintrest for about 1,000,000 ideas for chore lists (seriously, there are a TON of them) and then use them to create one that works best for your family!
  8. Reward  your kids for their chores.  Maybe it isn’t regular allowance, but plan something special to recognize their hard work.  Maybe you can find something at Get My PERKS!

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