Children & Chores ::
I find that these chore charts work great when I am CONSISTENT with printing them out, doling out allowance, and reminding them to get the work finished. Right now we are in a cleaning rut, so I’m printing out the chore charts tonight and filling them out so we can get our house in shape! I made this chore chart using Word, and you could make your own at home, so you can tailor it to your family’s needs. Printing out charts may not be for everyone. It may be easier for you to write a list of tasks to be done on a whiteboard if that’s what you want to do. If you don’t have one yet but would like to give it a go, perhaps https://writeyboards.com/products/whiteboard would be a good place to find one. I like giving them allowance because it teaches them how to save money for things that they want, because Santa just doesn’t bring everything on their wish lists, and we don’t buy them every toy they want. Allowance is a good way for them to learn about money, savings and budgeting. As I said though, some chores are just “expected”, while other jobs can earn allowance.
Here are some things to consider when making a list of chores for your child:
- Don’t underestimate your children! They are capable of doing many jobs around the house (see links below for age-appropriate chore ideas)
- Involve the kids in the planning, talk to them about what jobs need to be accomplished, and see if they have ideas on how to get the work done.
- Consider each child’s interests, abilities and age when creating your chore chart
- Keep things structured and organized! I find that when I use the chore charts the kids really do get their chores finished, but when I forget to print them out each week, or slack on passing out allowance then they just aren’t as inspired to clean. They need the structure of having that list in their hands. It works for them!
Here are some samples of the chores my children do to earn allowance (above and beyond their usual daily jobs): Ella cleans the bathrooms and she vacuums as well, Sam is great with the Bissell Sweeper as I mentioned, in the kitchen and the basement. Max is in charge of garbage, collecting each can in all the rooms, taking the garbage out, & bringing in the recycling bins each week. And these are just a few things they can do around the house. They have also been known to lend a hand in the kitchen…clearing the table, helping to prepare dinner, etc. I really want them to know their way around the kitchen and be able to help prepare meals. I think that working on chores around the house and helping in the kitchen will really help them in the long run.
Here’s one of the “extra jobs”…Ella dusting off the light fixture in the dining room:
Here’s a few great resources about getting your children involved with chores around the house:
Need to clean the house in a hurry? Try this Cleaning Game I did with the kids
Age Appropriate Chores for Kids from the Happy Housewife
A Magnetic Chore Chart for Children on Etsy
An article on WebMD about Family Chores
I’m curious…do your children do chores around the house? Do you pay them allowance?