February 1, 2011 by Marci
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?