Chore charts have been an on-going struggle in our household for quite a number of years. My husband and I grew up on completely different ends of the spectrum when it came to household chores and what the children were responsible for. I never had to do any chores…like ever! My husband did. We decided we did want our kids to have some responsibility when it came to our family and our home but I have to say that we’ve never been successful and finding a system that works. I’ve tried pictures…I’ve tried lists…we even tried an app (which worked wonderfully by the way, then the app stopped working properly and we gave up…ChoreMonster people if you are reading this, please fix your app!!!)
Right now I’m down one kid, so chore division is easy…A gets to do them all. But when E returns from her visit with grandma I would like to have a system in place, so I figured if I was going to research for me…I may as well research for you too! Here were my favorite 6 chore charts from around the interwebs. The first three are really better suited for younger kids, the last three for the older kids. Plus there is a bonus chore challenge I’ll add at the end!
Chore Chart 1 – I love chore charts with pictures for kids! This one by My Name Is Snickerdoodle not only has pictures, which makes it easy for the younger kids to know what chore they are supposed to be completing, but you put it all on a sturdy file folder and there are no magnets or pins for them to move over or possibly lose. They simply flip up the card when they’ve completed the chore and that’s it!
Chore Chart 2 – This one is equally as visual for the younger crowd, and equally as easy to use. In this chore chart by Confessions of a Homeschooler they just flip the cards over when they are completed. She offers two chart systems one for older kids with more chores and one for younger kids. She even has a reward system if you reward your kids for doing their chores. Thirty Handmade Days has some great “Technology Tokens” that would make a great reward for this system.
Chore Chart 3 – Sidetracked Sarah has another great option for the younger kiddos. She doesn’t really elaborate all that much on how she uses the chore cards, but her cards are great with simple words and pictures of the chore to be completed.
Chore Chart 4 – #Not Consumed has a very different system from most of the others out there…she divides the house into zones and assigns each kid a zone! Much like my own cleaning system which you could learn more about by visiting my Weekly Planning Posts here. This system is definitely geared towards older kids…plus she has a pretty awesome challenge to help your kids succeed at their chores.
Chore Chart 5 – Although Crafting Chicks doesn’t exactly share chores…it’s more of a routine chart, well she calls it “Morning Motivation” I like the system. I know that my kids need reminders of what needs to be done in the morning before school and at night before bed. I love her command center for routine and chores. Plus I like the way hers looks!
Chore Chart 6 – Homemade By Carmona’s “Work for Hire” has to be by far one of the most genius plans I’ve seen for getting kids to do the extra stuff. You know once they’ve accomplished things like taking out the trash and feeding the dog. She also has a task list for each kid and a chore of the week…the trick is coming up with a plan where they are not allowed to reach for the “work for hire” until you say so. I’m thinking maybe not until all the other chores for the day have been accomplished!
As a bonus…here is #Not Consumed chore challenge. It seems like a pretty neat idea and one that will ensure that all the chores get done well no matter which system you choose to keep track of them!
Did you choose one of these systems? Share with me which one and is it working for you. Do you have a different system that is working for your family? Please share with me. I have a feeling that chore charts and chore systems will be an ever changing process in my household!
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