Tuesday, April 24, 2012

Chore Charts

I could seriously write a book on all the different chore charts we have used in our house over the years. 

When my oldest ones were little bitty and couldn't read yet, I came up with their first chore chart that involved pictures of each job.

Then we had the circle/dial chore chart which we used the most, which I would show a picture of except we no longer own one.  You cut two circles-one larger than the other.  Secure it with a brass brad so it will spin.  On the outside is the chores and the inside the name of your children and divide the circle up like a pizza.  It works great and the kids like spinning it around each day to the next job.

For a project  my daughter  made a family chore chart...

The front row is "To Do" and  the back row is  "Done" 

It seems all the chore charts are as effective as I am at reminding them to look at it.  The younger ones seem more motivated than the older ones.  That is probably just because the older ones have been hearing me longer...'don't forget to do your job'  I am now slightly tuned out...

Although when they were younger and I was training them on "how" to clean, I painstakingly went through each job, each day, so they would know what I expected in a clean bathroom, clean bedroom, etc.

It is easy, and the lazy-parent way out to tell them to just "go clean...." so you can get something else done.  Trust me,  I have been that parent from time to time.  It really does pay huge dividends for you later, if you make the sacrifice and teach them, and work beside them so they know what clean is and what you expect.  Make sure to be loving. No one likes to get yelled at.

I  have to say, the best chore chart we have used has been the POINT SYSTEM.  This chart requires less of me harping and reminding and more of them taking personal responsibility.  It is a WIN/WIN.

I did not create this, but have since lost track of where I learned this from.  It is a great idea, and many have had great success with it.

It is a system of work=reward.  It is up to them what rewards they get based on their work.  It is real life at home.  You can use it for house-hold chores ...and behavior.  I told you it was a WIN/WIN!

  • Make up a list of your child's responsibilities...and behavior problems that may have become an issue.
  •  Assign each responsibility and behavior points/more points for the hardest ones
  • Make a list of rewards from daily ones like playing with a friend, screen time, special snack...
  • Add some long range rewards like a trip to the Rec Center, pizza party with friends, Disney Land...etc. Whatever is motivating for your child
Now they don't have to beg you to play with a friend, or get on the computer..etc.  All you have to say is "do you have enough points?"  The rest is up to them. 

They earn their privileges.  They are in control...and they like that!

  • Be creative according to your family's needs and personality
  • I use this mainly for the 12 and under, although it would work for any age

Here is an example of one I have made for my 8 year old
Points possible
Total for week


Read -30 minutes

Math Facts

Make Bed

Laundry put away

Closet clean

Dresser clean

Floor clean

Daily job

Book of Mormon-5 verses

Morning prayers

Bedtime prayers

Piano 10 minutes

Extra credit points



Play with friends

Screen Time

Pizza/Ice cream party

Rec Center