Excuse # 1: "I'm very busy!"

The real problem: "The child has a crowded program"

Solution: Yes, it is true that in your life many things happen, as in yours. This does not mean that you should ignore the daily duties. However, if you want your day to go smoothly and each family member to contribute, you should assign the responsibilities with such precision as it is to treat invitations, meetings or other social events. Something there will be things you will postpone but the clean home is not one of them. If you create habits for your child, right from a very early age, for a short time they will become part of his daily life.


Excuse # 2: "You did not tell me that I need to do this!"

The real problem: "The expectations and consequences are not clear"

Solution: The request to your child to clean his room can be quite vague. What exactly does "clean" mean? One of the ways to get around your kids excuses is to be absolutely specific in your terms of expectations. For you "clean room" may mean no junk, no dirty laundry, no scattered belongings and unmade bed. The easiest way is to make a list with precise instructions to show you what you want to be done. Put it in a prominent place and tell the kid to tick off every chore that's done. Remember that sometimes the requirements may be too high and this breeds frustration in older children. Remember that sometimes, the requirements may be too high, and this can lead to discontent in older children. They are learning how to do things in their own way and at their own pace. If that fact does not match your vision, do not get angry. Give them tips or suggestions that will improve their effectiveness and allow them to discover why some methods work better than others.


Excuse # 3: "I do not know how!"

The real problem: The child has not learned or you need to show him again

Solution: For everything you do, it would have required a certain period of training, which can help you understand what is expected of you and how to achieve it. Often you have followed someone's example that shows you the right way. The same goes for your kid. It will take some time until the child learns how to do the task - either under your direct guidance or while watching your actions. Start with basic duties and gradually move towards more complex ones.


Excuse # 4: "Someone else will do it better than me!"

The real problem: In the beginning it is much easier for you to get everything done by yourself.

Solution: Think about the time spent together as an investment in yourself and your kid. Sort the toys together, although you may think you do almost everything. On the one hand, it would be fun because this action will draw your attention away from serious tasks and on the other - your child will learn to respect the order and other's work.