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.

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 loads the dishwasher, and one wipes down the surfaces.

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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