13 Jul, 2011

Our Family’s Favorite Chore Chart

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Do you have a difficult time getting your kids to do chores?

My oldest daughters, ages 8 and 5 get distracted so easily when it’s time to clean up. Go figure. They have long attention spans for lots of things, but straightening up around the house isn’t one of them.

I’ve tried a lot of different things to get them to help out around the house from asking/begging, taking away fun activities if their chores were not completed, making lists, drawing pictures or the chores on index cards, making it into a game, etc. You name it. I’ve probably tried it.

One day, I came across this free downloadable chore chart from confessions of a homeschooler and it has worked beautifully for our family.

Basically, I organize one row of chore cards for each girl. These are their jobs for Monday through Friday. For my kids, I give them 5 chores each everyday for M-F.

They simply:

1. Look at the card in the front of the pile.

2. Go to that spot in the house to complete their task.

3. Come back to the chart and they flip the card over and move it to the back of the pile.

They do this for each card. For each chore that they complete, they earn a ticket. On Friday afternoon, they can buy items from the “Mommy Store” with tickets that they have accumulated, they can save tickets for weeks,  or they can turn in their tickets for cash. (10 cents per ticket)

My daughters love the pictures on the chore card (especially my pre-reader) and the reward system was an instant hit. So, as you can probably guess, I’m going to stock up on some great rewards at some summer toy clearance sales at Target, Walmart and Toys R Us.  Erica gives a great description of how to use it on her blog. You can download and print one for your family here.

So, what do you think?