Do you ever fight with your kids everyday to do simple things like put away their things or helping you around the house? I have tried numerous things from rewards to punishments and I have found these charts have made a huge difference. Not only does it help them achieve a sense of accomplishment, they are also gaining a financial reward.
Depending on your budget and availability, make the rewards for completing the weekly chart attainable for both you and your children. For our family, if my child can fill at least five boxes a day, by the end of the week , he or she will earn at least 35 points. I let them choose any five chores for the day. It is amazing what a little bit of liberty will motivate them! 35 points earn them five dollars and 40 points give them the five dollars in addition to a play date with a friend or a movie with mom and dad. Like I mentioned, make the rewards work for your family dynamic.
A few of my friends have actually used this now and they love the system as well. So I am sharing this with you and hope that it will make your daily struggles a little easier.
First, I searched for lists appropriate for different age groups. I have attached the most basic and clearly written list thanks to www.livingwellspendingless.com. I have also attached a free printable list that has already been created. Just please remember that these are children doing the chores. Be realistic and do not expect a spotless home overnight. You can micromanage, but do not ever redo what they have just done or attempted to do by themselves.
I included a few chores that were necessary for us as a family. Like many multi-sibling families, our children fight. A few months ago, it seemed like the fighting was a lot more than normal so I added “nice” to the list. This is the check mark I give out if I catch them doing something nice to their sibling. Like I said, tailor the chores to what you think your family needs. Don’t be afraid to mix it up too. For example, I switch my children’s chores around so no one has to do the bathroom all every week.
After you have your list, laminate the list and purchase some dry erase pens. Use color to make their marks more interesting. If you do not have a laminator, you can simply use a clear pocket sleeve. You can add stickers and then put them in a common place like the kitchen or office. It’s exciting for them to want to compete with each other. I encourage my kids to help each other out as well. If my son has baseball practice that day, the girls will generally help him out with a chore or two. And this goes for any of the kids. This is when I will mark them off for being “nice”.
There are many lessons in this simple chores list. It helps you out as a parent, gives your children accountability, and teaches them to work together to achieve more. Remember, your goals are not only to get your kids motivated about helping you and doing their schoolwork, but to understand that rewards come from work.
Chores list from www.passionforsavings.com