How can I get my child to do her own chores consistantly?

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How can I get my child to remember her daily chores without constantly reminding her to do them? I am tired of doing them for her. She is old enough to do them.

If she is really having a hard time remembering them and not just trying to avoid them by conveniently forgetting them, try making a daily chart. List all the chores she is supposed to do each day. Make sure you leave space to check them off when they are done. Put a copy of it in a prominent place like on the refrigerator door and one in her room on the wall so she can’t use the excuse that she didn’t see the list, didn’t remember or forgot about it. It will be right in front of her every day. Explain to her that her daily chores are part of her contribution to the family and your home and that everybody has jobs they need to do. Tell her that for things to run smoothly in your home everyone has to do their assigned tasks. Don’t let her get out of them by coming along behind her and doing them out of frustration. If you like your home neat, that is hard not to do, but all it teaches them is they can get out of work and that someone else is going to come along behind them and clean up anyhow, so why bother doing it. That doesn’t teach them to be responsible. One of my daughter’s tasks is to unload the dishwasher. Then I do the dishes and reload it. To teach her a lesson, when she doesn’t unload them I don’t do the dishes. She learned very quickly that by not doing her assigned tasks, the next person can’t do theirs. She can’t pretend she doesn’t notice either. Make her accountable. If she is still refusing to do her chores, take away some of her privileges. They are her payment and you don’t get paid if you don’t do your work. It may take awhile, but she will learn. Mama Nono

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