As a fun way to motivate my kids to help with chores, I purchased an old board game with a path-style board from a second-hand store. Then I created lists of household tasks, each worth a certain number of spaces on the game board: making your bed — one space; doing a load of laundry — two spaces; vacuuming the house — three spaces; making dinner — two spaces; pulling weeds — two spaces. A family member completes a chore and gets to move his or her playing piece forward the assigned number of spaces. Special spaces are marked with family activities. When everyone reaches the space, we have some fun! Our fifth space is "Go out for dinner" (the first person to reach the square picks the restaurant), 10th space is "Go see a movie," and the final space is "Spend the day at the water park." If one person is lagging behind, other family members have the option to donate chores to help the whole family move toward done and fun.
This article appeared in the Summer 2014 issue of Thriving Family magazine. Copyright © 2014 by Becky Tidberg. Used by permission. ThrivingFamily.com.
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