Kids Routines And Chores

February 1, 2011 by

I just love this printable chore chart from Pink Daisy! I had to share!

Two of the most asked questions I receive here at Overcoming Busy are “How do you set up routines for your kids?” and “How do you get kids to do chores?” To me, those two go hand in hand. It’s all about expectations and accountability.

We expect our kids to do chores and take care of themselves– AND we hold them accountable. Are there battles over who does what chore or over brushing teeth? Sure. But, when they know what is expected upfront, there is very little room for argument. Our whole goal for setting up routines and chore expectations is that they eventually become a habit thus eliminating the need for confrontation! We are far from that!

How do we keep track of routines and chores? That is an ever-changing topic around here. Our methods of keeping track and the chores themselves change with the time of year and the maturity of the child. We have done weekly printable chore lists posted on their bedroom doors. We have done daily chores on the whiteboard.  It really depends on what I have time enough to prepare. I have wanted to try chore jars and cute magnetic chore boards, but haven’t gotten around to it. I’m not really sure if they would work. My kids are like their mamma – they just like lists. There’s just something about checking items off that motivates us!

Do we offer rewards? As far as rewards, we don’t reward for doing routines – but we do punish for routines not completed due to disobedience by not allowing certain privileges like computer time or dessert. We do give “chore change” to the kids for getting their chores done without complaining. (Right now, their chore change is going to missions not their own piggy banks. It is a small way we can help them see outside themselves and serve others.)

The most important part is letting the kids know what is expected and sticking with it. The methods of tracking might change, but the expectations shouldn’t. We certainly haven’t gotten it all figured out, so I am opening up the comments for you to let me know what works for you or to share where you struggle.

How do you keep track of your kids chores and routines? How do you reward them?

Comments (11)


  1. Here’s how we keep our chores going… and I’ve got a downloadable version you can customize for yourself if you have a photo editing program that can handle layers (like photoshop or paintshoppro, etc.).

  2. Amy says:

    We are a very visual family so the magnetic chore chart works well for us. Plus I added a list that I can use a dry erase marker with for me. I like to check things off as I go. It is working for us so far, but we just implemented it last week.

  3. fun idea! I linked our felt picture chore chart – like Amy, we are a very visual family as well.

    Our kiddo needs to complete all his chores before watching any television and we’ve added extra incentive for him to get a little extra allowance at the end of the week for every day he does his chores without whining or complaining which is a challenge for him these days. 🙂

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  5. Gregg Murset says:

    I created for my 6 kids and now 40,000 are using it. ha! Free online chore chart for kids. Totally customizable.

  6. Christin says:

    Great topic! I recently wrote about the values of having such a system in place. 🙂 Since it’s a different angle, I won’t link it, but you can feel free to visit it here:

  7. jenn says:

    I linked up! Our chore charts have been a *gem* for our family. Pun.intended. 😉

    So glad you did this linkup!! Thanks, girly!

  8. Catherine says:

    Chores a bit dynamic around here. What has worked in the past is a list for each child of chores to do with consequences (lost privileges for not doing the chores). However, I do let life get in the way and ruin many a good plan. I need to get back on track – slow my life back down and focus on what needs to get done.
    I like your chore jar paying out for missions. The middle school my oldest has applied to encourages something similar (chores for charity) and counts the time spent doing those extra chores as community service. The girls are paid only for those things over and above what is expected. When they were little, they would get a nickle for each gum ball they picked up. They would fill one bucket, we would do the math based on that bucket, and then track the number of buckets they filled. I’m sneaking those math lessons in anyway I can.

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