1. Discuss reasons why it is important to do chores. For example, so that the house looks nice when their friends come over. A second reason might be to help the parent or caregiver so they have more time to cook for the child or go places with them.
2. It is helpful to make a list of possible chores and have the child choose a specific number that they would like to do. If the child enjoys the chore intrinsically he will be more likely to perform the chore.
3. A list of reinforcers that the child would like to earn weekly or daily for performing the chore can be useful. It is helpful to involve the child or observe him closely to make sure the reinforcers selected are actually going to motivate the child. For example, a child that does not like music will not be motivated by earning music tapes.
4. Making a daily schedule with the time the chores will be performed is helpful so that it becomes a rountine for the child.
5. Make sure all the children in the household are participating in chores so that no child feels he is doing more than he should be.
6. Finally, social praise and excitement about the chore by the caregiver can always helps strengthen the probablity that the child will continue to help out! Try to use an excited voice, be specific about the childs positive character within the praise and specific about the chore that you are happy with.
The above tips will increase the enjoyment of the chores and the likelihood that they will perform chores!