With summer coming to a close, and a busy new school year almost here, I figured it was time to change up the chore system a bit. The elaborate kids chore chart that I made last year wasn't being utilized, but I think it had more to do with how unorganized we were as a family with the whole chore/cleaning routine! But now that the kids are older, we have gotten into more of a routine, and more is expected of them to help with the household duties.
So, last weekend I finally called a family meeting. With the busy school season starting soon, I definitely need more help, especially since I am going to school myself!
Here is how our system works:
- Each child has their own "basic daily duties"
- They choose two other daily tasks from the chore list I made (switched up every Sunday)
- They choose three tasks from the weekly chores list to be completed on Saturdays (again, switched up weekly)
- They choose one task from the monthly chores list per week (we have four on rotation they can choose from)
Rotating the chores is a perfect way for them to "try out" chores as well as keep the boredom at bay.
At the family meeting, I also talked about allowances, though I do not have them tied to the household duties. However, at the end of the month, if the chores have been completed and they have the right attitude, they get to choose a "reward." Fun, don't you think? I have come up with a list of "rewards," similar to the ones I had last year (but didn't implement)!
I have made a free printable of a blank pdf chore chart, but I must warn you that it prints a bit fuzzy. Not sure what is going on, I haven't had an issue before with this. Oh well, it's the thought that counts, right? :) Sorry, I only have pink at the moment, but will do one for my son soon (which will likely be orange, as that is his favorite color!)
So, do you have chores for your kids? What type of chore system, if any, do you implement?