Tuesday, January 13, 2009

The Chore Chart

The man and I decided to make up a chore chart for our three older kids, as we have been having lackluster performance from them around the house. Here it is in all it's glory:

So, we have M-F here, and for each thing they do and do correctly, they get a green block colored in. If they don't do it, whine, do it half ass, etc, they get a red block. That is for all the m-f stuff, pretty easy. They also have one chore per day they rotate through, which include sweeping the kitchen, feeding the pets and cleaning out the litter box. For example, one day it might be kid 1 doing the sweeping, 2 the litter box, and 3 the pets. The next day it would be 2 sweeping, 3 litter box and 1 feeding the pets. The key is for their initials, as we put each kid's first initial in the "chore choice" and "weekend" chores blocks.

On the weekend, they each get two chores, plus whatever is marked by "all" (like cleaning up their toys and books, putting their dirty laundry in the laundry room etc). On Friday nights, the kid who has the most green blocks gets to choose the first chore. The more green you get, the easier your chores. It sounds a little complicated the way I am explaining it, but the picture shows the simplicity of it. Where it says "fridge", that just means cleaning off the old artwork, arranging the magnets etc, not cleaning inside. The porch means cleaning it off and tidying it up, picking up any loose trash etc.

We might seem like strict parents, but the kids don't have a lot to do really. I do the bulk of it during the week, and they do the rest on the weekend. It really works for us, the kids seem to be thriving on it, and really work hard to get a green line in each day's spaces.

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Hillary @ The Dunham Diaries said...

I think this is a great idea and I'm so glad to see it layed out like that! What age did you start with the chores? I guess any age can do the small stuff.
Looks great!!
Thanks so much for sharing!

Christy said...

Wow, I am getting some great tips tonight. Thanks so much for sharing this chart!

KrustyTheCat said...

In case anyone else is wondering too, the kids are 6, 8 and 8. We just started it this past week. They've been doing chores for a very long time, but we decided to organize them finally! lol

Liz@ Working Mom said...

What a great chart!! I need to make one of these for my husband and I!!!