Getting MY Kids to Do Chores – #30DayMom

It is a new year and time to take action on something that I have been avoiding for awhile…getting my kids to do chores.  I know it seems like a simple thing that would make my life a lot easier, but honestly in most situations it is just easier to do it myself than nag, beg and demand.

But that doesn’t teach THEM chore skills they will need for the rest of their life.

Getting MY Kids to Do Chores - Kids Activities Blog

There are 12 bloggers that are joining together in support of each other and YOU in attempt to take one our biggest life challenges over the next 30 days.  See below to follow along our journey of getting our act together!

My Challenge is Getting My Kids to Do Chores

Having three boys is not without its daily challenges, but one of the biggest for me is to consistently keep the household running on kid power.

It really is a consistency problem.

I am really good at it for a day, a weekend…or even the occasional week.  They are good at noticing my weakness and exploiting it by making it difficult for me to enforce.

So, I am excited about the next 30 days and what it could bring when I follow through and make it a priority.  I am devoting time each day this month to tackle this challenge and make chores a family habit.

30 Day Mom Challenge

I will be joining 11 other bloggers as we all face some of our toughest challenges with plans to tackle them over the next 30 days! Just search for the hashtag #30DayMom on your favorite social media outlet to see what we are up to and to play along!

30DayMom Challenge - Kids Activities Blog

Please follow along as we all face our challenges for the month of January!

Chrissy at The Taylor House

Challenge: 30 Day Pantry Challenge – Chrissy Taylor is a wife, Mom, blogger and property manager. She and her husband of 16 years are raising two active boys in the Twin Cities area of Minnesota. Chrissy enjoys blogging about cooking, crafts, gifts and household tips. You can connect with her at: The Taylor House * Facebook * Twitter * Pinterest * Google+

Kelli at 3 Boys and a Dog

Challenge: 30 Day Fitness Challenge – Kelli lives on the beautiful Alabama Gulf Coast with her 3 Boys, Husband, and actually 2 dogs. 🙂 Blogging since November 2006, Kelli is your go to source for all things homeschooling & homemaking. Follow 3 Boys and a Dog on: Facebook :: Pinterest :: G+ :: Instagram :: Twitter

Crystal at Crystal & Co.

Challenge: 30 Day Busy Mom Dinner Challenge – Crystal is a Dallas mom blogger to five boys and in the mist of raising a blended family. She believes in the power of meal planning and loves creating easy recipes. She speaks in the Dallas area to mom and parenting groups and loves helping busy families get dinner on the table. Follow Crystal and Comp on: Facebook :: Pinterest :: G+ :: Instagram :: Twitter

Holly at Kids Activities Blog

Holly writes Kids Activities Blog all about fun things to do with kids. She is taking on the 30 Day Challenge to get her kids to do chores – which hasn’t been so much fun in the past. She has three boys ages 8, 10 and 12 who can’t remember to pick up their dirty clothes or take out the trash. You can follow her adventure on Instagram, G+ and as @Texasholly on Twitter. (psst.. she also has a rockin’ Pinterest!)

Shannon at Milk and Cuddles

Challenge: 30 Days Declutter ChallengeShannon traded in her sensible NYC TV producer shoes (they were best for taking the subway), for a pair of Texas Cowboy boots when she married her best friend! He’s at fault for making this Yankee a Texan! Shannon’s blogs at where she writes about all things that make a house a home. Her chief blogging inspiration is being the proud & slightly neurotic mom of a preschool age daughter. You can find Shannon on Facebook, Pinterest, Instagram and her new favorite place to hang out, G+.

Dianna at The Kennedy Adventures

Challenge: 30 Days of Reading with My Kids – Dianna Kennedy is the soon to be mother of six. Her home base is The Kennedy Adventures, where she writes about managing a large family, classical homeschooling, and living her Catholic faith. Follow The Kennedy Adventures on: Facebook :: Pinterest :: G+ :: Instagram :: Twitter

Sherri at Luv a Bargain

Challenge: 30 Days of Clean Eating – Sherri is a wife, Mom of 2, and blogger. She and her family live in New Hampshire and enjoy a simple, healthy, frugal lifestyle. Sherri loves blogging about saving money, recipes, crafts and DIY. Follow Luv A Bargain on: Facebook :: Pinterest :: G+ :: Instagram :: Twitter

Megan at Coffee Cups and Crayons

Challenge: 30 Days of Fruits and Veggies – Megan Sheakoski is the creator of Coffee Cups and Crayons, a blog that shares fun and useful ideas for modern parents. She believes that small, intentional acts of kindness {and really good coffee!} can change the world. You can follow all of her learning activities, kids crafts, and party inspiration on Pinterest, Facebook, Twitter, and G+.

Andrea at The Greenbacks Gal

Challenge: 30 Days of Sugar Detox – Andrea Green of The Greenbacks Gal is an organic coupon expert who loves using her coupon finds into whole food recipes. Nothing makes her happier than to help people realize being organic and following a whole foods diet doesn’t have to cost more. Follow The Greenbacks Gal on: Facebook :: Pinterest :: G+ :: Instagram :: Twitter

Kelley at The Grant Life

Challenge: 30 Days of Natural Living – Kelley is the mama behind the Grant Life blog where you can find easy homemade recipes, crafts and household tips! The Grants are one husband, two toddlers, two dogs and two very large cats. They love to cook together, get messy, chase each other and laugh way too much. The Grants believe that everyday chaos is normal and the Grant life shares that! Follow The Grant Life on: Facebook :: Pinterest :: G+ :: Instagram :: Twitter

Jamie at Hands on as We Grow

Challenge: 30 Days of Kids’ One-on-One Time – Jamie learned to be a hands on mom by creating activities, crafts and art projects for her three boys to do and shares them on hands on : as we grow. Jamie takes the creative outlet as a way to get through the early years of parenting with a smile! Follow Hands On As We Grow on: Facebook :: Pinterest :: G+ :: Instagram :: Twitter

Tiffany at Eat at Home Cooks

Challenge: 30 Days of Meaningful Meals – Tiffany King writes the blog Eat at Home, where she shares simple, family friendly recipes. The site also offers Weekly Meal Plans, including an All Slow Cooker version with grocery lists and printable recipes. Tiffany is married to Jim and they have four kids. Follow Eat At Home Cooks on: Facebook :: Pinterest :: G+ :: Instagram :: Twitter

Do you have a challenge that needs to be tackled in the next 30 days?



  1. Love this idea! I can’t wait to follow along and see how it goes plus pick up some tips and tricks from you! Have a great day!

  2. This morning, I picked up dirty clothes from behind the bed, and was amazed at the state of my boys’ room, which I just cleaned yesterday.

    You’re totally right — we have to teach them HOW to do these things. My grandmother raised me, and I didn’t have to do any chores as a young girl. It was loads of fun for me then, not so much when I was an adult! 🙂

    I’m looking forward to seeing your ideas.

  3. I NEED to do this challenge with you Holly! Consistency is definitely the problem here too.

  4. I’m definitely going to be following this challenge – I often dont follow through on setting specific chores for the pumpkin, because it feels like she is too young to really do anything. And so its more work to get her to do something, than to just do it myself! But I can guess that will become a big problem in the future – if I don’t work on teaching her how to do age related chores now! Great topic!

  5. We have had quite the chore journey at my house but are in a wonderful place. As mother to eight children, six of them boys, all of them younger than teens, chores had to be figured out! I’ve blogged and entire series about our journey and our methods if you’re interested. It is called Operation Chore Training and all the posts can be found on this page:
    Good luck on your 30 days!

  6. Awesome! Thanks for sharing. I can’t wait to get some tips from your experience.

  7. Cathy Gilbert says:

    Thanks for sharing this. I teach a family literacy class and we including parenting tips and strategies. Although my own children are now adults, I am always looking for fresh and innovative ideas to share with my families.
    One thing I’d like to share is how AWESOME it is to now be the beneficiary of that “chore training” we did with our own kids when they were young. My son now does ALL of the cooking at home and he’s a great chef. I just have to come home and eat. (I do the dishes but hey, that’s only fair, right?) My daughters are now training their children, using many of my techniques and it’s fun to watch my grandkids learn from their mommies. Rewards help but you’ve got to keep your system simple so that it’s easy to keep up with. It also has to be consistent, so everyone has to do something every day. Don’t overwhelm yourself and your kids by trying to do too many things all at one, Rome wasn’t built in a day! Choose some long term goals and introduce new chores little by little. Then agree upon a BIG reward at the end of your 30 days. Lots of luck, this is worth the effort.

  8. Anonymous says:

    Let your kids have a 5 min brak then make them do more

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