Teens typically don’t enjoy doing chores, but chores are necessary because they are training opportunities for real-life responsibilities. Cooking, cleaning, laundry—these are all tasks that teenagerswill have to do if they leave home to go to college and when they permanently move out of their parents’ home.
Parents can help their teens by being specific about what chores need to be completed, discussing how the chores relate to “real life,” providing instructions and guidance for new chores, and being reasonable on the workload. Consider your teen’s schedule and abilities when assigning tasks. Also, be specific so that your teenager knows what you expect of them. For example, “make sure the bathroom is clean” is somewhat abstract, but listing what you mean by “clean”—such as cleaning the counters, the toilet, the bathtub, and restocking the cupboard—helps to make the task specific, clear, and doable.
Learning Coaches may also model the behaviors that they want to see in their teens regarding chores.