Are you still trying to get your teenager to do housework? It may be time to consider using a teen housekeeping contract. Contracts can be a great tool in determining what needs to be done and the rewards for completing tasks. Then let’s get started!
Why a housework contract?
One of the best things about having a teen housework contract is that it encourages everyone to sit down and agree on tasks and responsibilities. And, while it’s a great idea to do it anyway, sometimes it doesn’t happen. Parents are in an excellent position to figure out what to do around the house. And that may mean assigning homework so that everything is covered.
Another great advantage of a contract is that it spells everything out. It says what should be done and when. Also, describe the rewards or consequences if assignments are not done. Sometimes seeing everything in writing and having to sign it. – is a great motivation in itself.
Finally, contracts can be seen as a more adult way of handling the responsibilities of a teenager. It can be like going to the next level. Homework tables are for kids, contracts are for teens.
Putting it on paper
Once you decide that a teen housework contract is for you, it’s time to write it. The more it looks like a contract, the better. It feels more formal and more serious.
Focus on making sure you have the basics covered – the what, when, where, and how of tasks. And make sure the rewards and how the changes are made are covered too. If you have a list, it should be easier to start your contract. And, if there’s an assignment attached to household chores, you’re even one step closer.
But make sure you don’t get so caught up in the details to make it perfect, that it doesn’t get done. That’s one of the great benefits of having a section on how changes or updates can be made. Changes need to be agreed upon by both parties (the teen and parents) and should be in writing, but otherwise they should be easy to make. Having that part in the contract makes it even easier to get started.
Now that you have a plan for a teen housekeeping contract, it’s time to get going!