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Mom Comes Up With Genius Way To Make Her Internet-Obsessed Kids Do Their Chores

This is brilliant.

Getting kids to do their chores can be a chore in and of itself. Parents are always in search of unique and creative ways to inspire their kids. Well, look no further than this mom’s genius note she left for her kids. —

What’s the most prized possession for kids these days? Access to the internet.

So this mom uses it to her advantage. In a photo posted to the image-sharing site imgur with the title “clever motherhood,” you can see a note taped to the front of a refrigerator with the following text:

“Today’s WiFi password can be unlocked by texting a photo of a clean kitchen to mom. Said photograph MUST contain one box of crackers on the counter by the stove (to prevent re-using any previous photos). Thank you for playing.”


The best thing about this note is that kids have already tried to pull one over on her in the past by using an old picture. She’s not gonna let that happen again.

We also like that she’s turning chores into a bit of a game. Who says chores shouldn’t be fun?

It certainly can be a challenge to get kids on board for helping with chores, but it’ll pay off in the end. Research shows that doing chores in childhood is linked to future professional success.

If you’re not sure how to get your kids involved around the house, be sure to check out this handy chart that outlines age-appropriate chores for kids of all ages.

For example, a 3-year-old should be capable of putting toys away, while a 6-year-old should be able to rake leaves and kids 12 and up may even be comfortable preparing a complete meal.

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If you’re living with tech-loving teens, you may want to try this mom’s WiFi tactic. While it may be a pain to change your WiFi password each day, it’s worth having a clean house and yard!

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