Chores can help teach your kids responsibility and help them grow up to be conscientious and dependable adults. By creating a job chart, a chore chart, or I’ve even heard them called a responsibility chart, children will know what they are responsible for, and be able to help out around the house in a more orderly fashion. That means less stress on parents and kids.
Here are some tips on creating a chore chart that everyone can live with and maybe even love.
1. Identify what chores need to be done. Make a list and be sure to ask the kids and your spouse what chores they think are important. Involving them as much as possible gives them a sense of ownership and it can improve their willingness and enthusiasm for finishing their jobs.
2. Ask each child what chores they would like to do. Of course it’s not a perfect world and you probably aren’t going to be able to hand out chores to each child that they love, but if they would prefer to take out the recycle instead of the trash, we can always try to be accommodating. Remember to assign age appropriate chores.
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3. Decide how often the chores need to be done. A bed has to be made everyday but the living room may only need to be dusted every other week.
4. Give each chore a deadline of when it needs to be completed by. Some ideas for deadlines may be before leaving for school, before dinner, or before playing with friends.
5. Assign a reward for each chore. Rewards may include money, items, privileges, or any other benefit you can think of.
6. Log into MyJobChart.com and use what you came up with above to set up your child’s online chore chart. You’ve already done the hard part, figuring out the chores, deadlines and rewards. Entering it online is the easy part.
7. Here’s an idea. Set an example by including yourself on the job chart and doing your chores alongside your children.
It may be easier to just do the chores yourself, but think about the long term benefits and the lessons you are teaching your children by including them in the household chores. By making chores a family ordeal and giving your kids a voice in the process, it may not solve all your problems but it should certainly help with the chores.