Shake up the housework to get your teens involved

Shake up the housework to get your teens involved

Got grudging teens at home who don’t want to pull their weight when it comes to housework? Here are some ideas to get them going.

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Got grudging teens at home who don’t want to pull their weight when it comes to housework? Here are some ideas to get them going.

You’ve spent most of your life tidying up after your kids. Now they’re old enough to help, there really is no excuse for them not to.

But the last thing most teenagers want to do is spend their free time doing housework (same for most adults, to be fair). So try these tips to help get them motivated, meaning you can get the chores done quicker, together – and there will be no more need for nagging, which you’ll all be pleased about.

Use a team mindset

After dinner, make it so one of you clears the table, one scrapes the leftovers into the food bin or stores them in the fridge, one does the washing up, and one wipes down the surfaces.

And the good news for the washer upper, is doing the dishes is even easier now with Fairy Washing Up Liquid, which has not only won a Which? Best Buy, but also has a new formula that provides even better cleaning.

And when everyone is pitching in, chores get done faster and more efficiently – you’ll be the dream clean team. Well, that may be wishful thinking, but at least it means you won’t be dealing with all of it alone.

Do chores to tunes

Turn chore time into party time. Put on some music (that your teens approve of!), and rally the team to shimmy and shake your way to a mess-free house.

Even better, if your teen isn’t pulling their weight, you can break out some embarrassing mum moves, make them dance with you or play a song they hate until they can’t stand it anymore and would rather clean the toilet than go through that torture. Wicked but necessary.

If resistance persists, keep persisting!

Pouting? Puppy eyes? Tantrums? Sometimes it can feel easier to simply do the chores yourself rather than asking for help.

But don’t give up. Instead, try sitting down with everyone and asking what day and time they’d prefer to do the housework, if they’d rather do set tasks or mix it up, and so on. Then they’ll feel like they’ve been part of the decision-making process, rather than just being told what to do, and so will naturally feel more inclined to help out.

Make it into a learning experience

Think of what they’re good at and what they enjoy, then ask them to do any household tasks related to that. For example, DIY (with adult supervision if needed) for practical types, ironing and sewing on buttons for those into fashion, and cooking for budding chefs. You can sell it as “work experience” – and they may even enjoy it!

These ideas have been brought to you by Fairy, which cuts through grease and stuck-on food first time, meaning you can all spend less time washing up and more time doing what you enjoy.

How do you get your teens to help out with the housework? Let us know in the comments section below.

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Bubbles n fun

Sally 15/09/2018

To encourage my then young son to help with the dishes I used to let him make loads of bubbles n play with them, often involving the dog having a hat made of bubbles.Only Fairy made enough bubbles to play with. Even as an adult he still uses Fairy.

Incentive to make it easier


The answer is alway the WiFi password of the day! I also got a scrubbing brush which you put the washing liquid in the handle as dishes are 'gross' his words... Cheaper brands of washing liquid do just seem to seep through the sponge & go to waste plus the dishes need extra scrubbing too but not with fairy! Fairy doesn't seep through & works so much better as a result dishes are done faster & easier n the sponge lasts longer too saving money! Plus no overusage...

Have fun

Alex 07/09/2018

chores have to be done, and they don't have to be boring either! I find by putting on some music whilst washing up, it makes the task go quicker and you find yourself having a little dance whilst washing the dishes. encouraging the children to get involved by playing their music in the background helps cos they get to do a chore but also in the environment they are happy in!! lots of fun!

Fairy or Else

trasut 05/09/2018

They're more keen to do the washing up when it's fairy they're using as they know they'll get done super quick and have a reward to look forward to in the bargain

Washing Up Party

Mummystime 05/09/2018

Every washing up session is turned in to a singalong in our house, every chore is fun, the children fight whose doing what

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