5 consequences for kids not doing chores

If kids don't get their assigned chores done each week, be ready with a combination of natural consequences for kids.

If you've given the kids age-appropriate chores and all you're getting is backtalk or non-compliance, it's time to take back control of the asylum from the inmates.

Here are five ways to keep you from looking like the bad guy, and instead place the onus on the doer - or lack thereof - of the chores at hand.

  1. Consequences for Kids Start by Piling on More Chores for the Defiant Child

Give more chores to the rule-breaker whose duties aren't done; ditto for a child who keeps whining about her chores.

  2.  Next, Take Away Privileges

Ground the child who refuses to do his chores for the morning or the afternoon. Take away his TV privileges for the weekend. Call it the "no work, no play" rule.

  3.  Stand Firm on Your Chores Rules

Stand behind your rules. The advantage to having rules is that you don't have to reinvent the wheel every day. There are no arguments.

Simply say, "You know the rule, and you're in violation, buddy! No exceptions."

  4. Use Natural Consequences

This technique requires some restraint and patience. It means that you allow your child to make a mistake and wait for him to experience the natural consequence of that mistake. (Of course, common sense must apply - don't let them do anything dangerous!)

This technique is good for harmless things like putting off a chore for so long that a child has to miss a social event to complete the chore by its Saturday due date.

   5.  Don't Get Mad

Even if your children don't do their chores or give you bad attitudes, it's wise to apply discipline but to keep your emotions in check. Avoid anger at all costs.

It gives them a license to misbehave - and sends you tumbling back to square one.

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