We may earn money or products from the companies mentioned in this post.
Chore charts are a great way to get kids involved in household tasks and help them learn responsibility. As an added bonus, they can also help stop sibling wars! The key is to create the chore chart together and set age appropriate expectations for your children. In this blog post, we will discuss 10 ways to make chore charts work – and stop warring siblings from tearing your house apart!
Chore Chart Ideas:
A great chore chart can be created around a wide range of abilities and interests. You may have one child who loves to read while another is more hands-on, so make sure that your chore charts match each individual’s strengths and weaknesses. The key here is to use age appropriate tasks for children, and consider their personalities. Here are a few chore chart ideas for kids:
The chore charts that work best in our household involve the child completing specific tasks and earning a reward at the end of each week. We have found that it is very helpful to allow children to be involved in picking out their rewards with input from us, as this helps them feel like they are part of the chore chart process. Our rewards range from extra screen time, new apps on their tablet or game console, and even a small amount of spending money for an outing with friends each week!
Here are some tasks that kids of different ages can do on their chore charts:
– toddlers (age two) – pick up toys in playroom/bedroom each day before nap time or at the end of the day. Put laundry where it belongs.
– pre-schoolers(age four to five)- make bed, help set table/feed pets after school and put toys away before bedtime.
– grade school (age six) – make bed, empty dishwasher after dinner, put pet food outside, set table, clean windows.
– tweens (age eight and up) – do dishes, make bed, empty dishwasher after dinner, take out trash/recycling, clean windows.
– tweens/teens (teenagers): mow the lawn, vacuum, take out trash/recycling, clean up pet area (doggie bags and scooping the litter box), take garbage out to curb each week on trash day or volunteer at a local charity one day per month.
Remember that chore charts are just a guide for what your child should be doing around the house on their own each day. Like with most things in life, everything will not go perfectly on chore charts and this is okay.
5 ways to make Chore Charts for kids WORK-
1- Make a plan. What chores will your children do and how often? How much time should they have to complete the task? Will you be offering rewards or punishments for each completed job? Write down all of this information on paper before beginning work with your kids.
2- Set realistic expectations. Children may not be able to do all of the chores that you would like them to complete. That is okay! Do not stress yourself out trying to get everything done in one day or by a certain age. Just take it easy and let them do what they can, when they can – even if it means waiting until tomorrow for laundry duty!
3- Make communication with your children a priority. Sit down with them and explain the chore plan, then ask what they think is fair for their age level. Kids of all ages can be involved in creating chore chart plans that work best for your family!
4- Reward positive behavior. Reward your children for doing a chore well or on time, so that they can see the benefit of their hard work and learn from it!
5- Make it fun ! Kids will be more likely to want to do chore charts if they are involved in the planning and can choose their own rewards.
Next, set up a place to keep track of completed chores – this may require some organization if you have more than one child. I have great printables for daily and weekly chores for you to customize using canva. (A free tool). Let your kids decorate their chore charts with stickers, markers or crayons if you want to encourage them!
Finally, reward good behavior and hold children accountable for bad behavior.
Remember that chore charts are not a way to punish children – they should be fun and engaging! When parents consistently use this tool in the family routine it is much easier on the household to run smoothly.