For the most part, SS's main chores are keeping his room clean, picking up after himself, and replacing the toilet paper when it runs out. Normally, his room isn't very messy, but as soon as we tell him it's time to clean he gets upset about ‘how much time it will take' and ‘how hard it will be'. He usually asks for help. The other day, DH said okay and told him that if we helped him clean his room, he had to help us clean the house.
I couldn't believe it. SS helped strip the beds, sort and fold laundry, dry and put away dishes, make the beds, and wipe down the countertops. It took us a few hours to do a deep clean, but it only took us five minutes on his room. Every time, we tell him it's time to clean, he wants to help us - and then have us help him. I definitely don't mind the help (although it does slow me down a little), but I think it's funny that he chooses a few hours of harder work, instead of just quickly doing his room on his own.
How do you get your children to do their chores? Do you have any tips or tricks to make it fun? What are their ages and what chores do they have? Do you pay them an allowance?