26 Simple Tricks To Make Your Kids Do Whatever You Want

They have so much energy; shouldn’t it be channeled into making your life easier?

1. Get them to give you a soothing massage.

As long as you don’t mind miniature tire tracks across your back.

2. Make a trade for chores.

3. Hide healthy vegetables in desserts.

Like these spinach brownies.

5. If all else fails, resort to playing with their food.

6. One Direction turn teeth-brushing into a mouth-party.

If they’re not into 1D, this toothbrush also comes in Selena Gomez and Taio Cruz versions.

7. Teach saving habits early with a compartmentalized piggy bank.

8. Keep them from doing dumb stuff online.

Or at least minimizing it.

9. Get them to always wash their hands.

Money soap available here.

10. Instill in them a love of math.

11. Turn picky eating into a game.

Let them roll the dice to determine how many more bites of a meal they have to finish/fake a sense of actual control in the matter.

12. Sweeping can become a game too.

All it takes is a painter’s tape outline.

13. So can doing basically all chores.

Write the name of a bunch of different chores on Ping-Pong balls and set a timer, maybe for half an hour. Each time the chore on the ball is complete, they pick a new one, and the kid with the most balls at the end wins. The fabulous prize is entirely up to you.

14. Get them to clean their rooms.

15. (This way is just downright cruel.)

16. Make sure they don’t fall in.

And practice your own aim while you’re at it. Smaller seat available here.

17. Let them think they’re helping you play your videogames.

They’ll never know the difference.

18. Keep the peace.

19. Keep them safely in bed.

20. Keep their hair and toys intact.

21. Let baby animals do the nagging for you.

23. Teach which shoes go on which foot.

24. Make sure they never miss curfew again.


This dad made his daughter wear a shirt of his face for a week when she violated her curfew.

26. Tell bullies what’s up.

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