chore charts

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i am a stickler for chores.  i feel pretty strongly about my kids doing chores for a few reasons: 1) we really want our kids to have a strong work ethic, 2) i want our kids to leave for college knowing full well how to take care of themselves, and 3) i don’t want to do all the work myself!

we have been using a set of chore charts i made for the last couple years, but i realized that while silas’ chores were appropriate for him when he was 4, now that he’s 7 he should definitely have more responsibilities.  and because silas was going to take more responsibilities, it lessened the load on the girls a little bit.  so that lead me to needing to make new charts.

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ok, here’s where you can all laugh at me.  if i knew how to use my computer beyond making a word document, this could look so much better.  but no.  i made this simple chore chart and then hand drew the circles!

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i know it looks like a lot of chores, but let me explain it to you a bit.  where ever theres an X, they don’t do that chore on that day.  take emptying the dishwasher, for example.  each child doesn’t empty the dishwasher every day, but every 3 days.  also, there are a lot of chores to do on saturday.  basically i’m using that as a catch up day – if it needs to be done, i’ll choose one of them to do it.  if it doesn’t need to be done, then they can skip it.  also, since there is only 1 circle for brushing teeth and it needs to be done twice a day, they just mark off half of it each time they brush.

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the chore charts are on a cork board covered in fabric, that was then attached with some small nails to the cabinetry on the side of our fridge.  the charts are in clear plastic page protectors and the kids write on them with dry erase markers.  the chalkboard underneath the cork board is also magnetic.  i found this gold pen holder in the locker decor section at target – it doesn’t hold up really well, so i may end up permanently attaching it to the wall.

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here’s a break down of the chores my kids do:

laundry (start to finish), empty dishwasher, make bed, open windows (window coverings), clean room, brush teeth (2x), clean playroom, vacuum carpets, vacuum wood floors (swiffer), dust, empty trash cans, clean backyard (basically pick up toys, bikes, etc.), water (house) plants, clean bathroom sinks, clean potty.

we try to get most of our chores done in the morning before school, but its not always possible.  and some days we skip chores altogether if we need to.  i try to keep this as a regular daily thing, but i also do my best to show grace when the kids need it.  its definitely not  perfect method, but its working for my family.  and if my kids had to go to college today, they could all do their own laundry!

Comments

  1. 1

    This is great! I’ve been wanting some kind of chart for my children and this is perfect! Thanks. You are such a creative person and you help me think outside of my box.

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    That’s awesome! My oldest is 6 and she definitely could be doing more around the house. The 4 year old could be doing more, but it ends up being more me watching him closely to make sure that he does the thing he is asked of and not 20 things he finds in the mean time, lol. The 19 month old just decided he likes to pick up the blocks, which is all I can ask right now. I hope that very soon I can have me kiddos helping out more at home – great job Momma!

    Question: How did you build this up? Meaning, at what age(s) did you start assigning chores and delegating to each child?

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      good questions! when they were little, we would clean up after playing, like sing a clean up song after playing with the blocks. they liked to help with little things, like emptying the silverware from the dishwasher, or put away plastic cups in the kid drawer in the kitchen. dusting the baseboards is also a really simple little one task – just put a sock on their hand!

      my kids all started making their beds and cleaning their floors (picking up toys/clothes) by age 4 probably. none of it was done well, but it was done and they were learning. they lean red to empty the dishwasher themselves by maybe 6 – i still have to put away the things they can;t reach, but they at least empty those items onto the counter. all of the kids have been able to do the laundry, start to finish, by 7. i am not a laundry stickler – almost everything goes ingot he washer or dryer. if it needs special care, thats my job, not theirs. the main thing they need to make sure of is separating whites and colors. vacuuming is new to my youngest – its hard to push the vacuum, but he’s learning!

      i hope this helps!

  3. 5

    so organised! Envious!

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  4. 6

    I like the simplicity of your chore charts! One question: when did you start your kiddos on doing their own laundry?

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      probably by 7. like i said in the response above, i am not a stickler for laundry done perfectly. if something needs special care, i do it myself.

  5. 8

    Would you be willing to share a little more about the chores you had your kids do when they were younger? Mine are 5 and 3 1/2 and I struggle to come up with actually chores they can do that are helpful.

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      sure! here are some ideas:

      watering outside plants
      dusting with a sock on their hand or swiffer duster
      sorting laundry by lights and darks
      putting laundry away (i didn’t make them fold, just put in the right drawer)
      clean bedroom floors/put away toys
      help empty the dishwasher
      wipe down sinks

      i hope this helps!

  6. 10

    I think the hand drawn circles are adorable. It gives it a more creative look. I am going to try this idea with my boys this week. Thank you!

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    Thanks so much! My LO’s are 6, 4, and 2 and definitely old enough to start to be held responsible for doing some chores. Although they help when they want to, it’s not consistent, so I end up frustrated. Hoping I can implement a chart that should be done each week. Any ideas on rewards for getting them done?

  8. 12

    Love this idea-and I love even more the reasons why you have them do the chores, as those are my same reasonings. This is something for sure I am going to look into doing in my home.

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    At what age did you trust them to check things off themselves? We have a similar laminated chart that I keep higher up on the wall so that they don’t just start checking things off. But it isn’t working because I can’t keep up with trying to confirm all 3 kids did a certain chore and check everything off throughout the day. My kids are 5, 5 and 7. Thank you for posting this!

    • 14

      my kids are 7, 9, and 11. they have always checked off the chores themselves (for the last 2 years that i’ve used this system). i can generally tell when they’ve done their chores just by a quick look and we generally do our chores all at the same time so i am in the mode to check on them anyway. i hope that helps!

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