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Getting kids to help with housework

As every parent knows, more kids means more housework!  More washing, more cooking and more mess to clean up!Wouldn’t it be great if children could be encouraged to shoulder more of the load and learn good habits from a young age?But how much housework should parents realistically expect their children to do?  And what’s the […]

By Katrina RoeThursday 17 Oct 2013Hope MorningsParentingReading Time: 2 minutes

As every parent knows, more kids means more housework!  More washing, more cooking and more mess to clean up!


Wouldn’t it be great if children could be encouraged to shoulder more of the load and learn good habits from a young age?

But how much housework should parents realistically expect their children to do?  And what’s the right age for them to start helping out?  

Dr Justin Coulson is a parenting author, father of five girls and the founder of happyfamilies.com.au

“Kids from the time they’re little generally show a real interest in helping out,” Dr Justin says.  But as they get older, they may become more resistant, especially when they realise that it’s expected every day.  

Here are some of Dr Justin’s ideas on how to encourage kids to help out.

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– Create some predictability so they know what’s expected

– Consider writing down some prompts in the form of a chart or a checklist

– As they get older, increase the quantity and complexity of tasks and the expectation of quality

– Remember that children are easily distracted so use gentle reminders rather than nagging

– Remind children that we all contribute to the mess so we should all contribute to the tasks

Audio:  Hear Dr Justin Coulson share some ideas on how to encourage your children to help out with housework.

More information

Visit Dr Justin Coulson's Happy Families website