Kids Won’t Do Chores? Empowering Parents Has the Answers

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In a recent poll on Empowering Parents, 99% of parents surveyed said they expect their children and teens to do chores, but admitted that 45% of kids don’t do them very often.

Getting kids to do chores is one of the top issues we are asked about on our site

“Getting kids to do chores is one of the top issues we are asked about on our site,” says Elisabeth Wilkins, Editor of the award-winning Empowering Parents website. “Parents get tired of pleading, nagging, and fighting with their kids, and ask us for more effective ways of holding them responsible. Fortunately, we’ve provided parents with hands-on advice from our experts for this common problem.”

In a popular article by James Lehman, MSW, the renowned child therapist addresses this issue head on. In “I’ll Do It Later!” 6 Ways to Get Kids to Do Chores Now, he says, “A big reason children and teens don’t like to do chores is because they feel like they're being taken away from something they’d like to do in order to do something that’s not exciting or stimulating. But the choice shouldn’t be ‘excitement or chore,’ the choice should be ‘boredom or chore.’” In the article, Lehman gives advice about how to use structure to hold kids accountable, how to “stop the show” and talk to your child to let him know that he’s being held accountable, and outlines the effectiveness of a rewards system.

But what about the link between responsibility and independence? In a recent article by child therapist Janet Lehman, MSW, entitled Kids, Chores and Responsibility, she advises the following: “Make sure, whether it’s a task of responsibility or a task of independence, that your child has the best chance to succeed. The goal is to coach, teach and support your kids in gaining independence so they can become independent, responsible adults.”

“We offer a place for parents, teachers and other caregivers to connect and bounce ideas off one another in a judgment-free zone,” says Wilkins. “Our goal truly is to ‘empower parents.’” For more articles, blog posts, podcasts and parenting help, go to

Legacy Publishing Company, the publisher of, is America’s premier producer of personal development programs for families and couples. Legacy’s flagship product, The Total Transformation Program—created by renowned child behavioral therapist James Lehman, MSW—has sold nearly a quarter of a million units to date. For more information, please contact Nathan O’Leary at 856-5600 x 3013 or nso(at)legacypublishingcompany(dot)com. For more information about joining Legacy Publishing Company’s team, visit


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