Chore Charts–Product Review 014
This time of year I’m thinking about what worked last year and what we might need to change for next year. One thing that needs updating is my kids’ chore chart. As I look around the house, I’m seeing all kinds of things that my kids could do to make my life a little less complicated. Because my husband has physical limitations, I end up having a pretty heavy load. I’m thinking it’s time to spread around some of those responsibilities between my five children, ages 15, 13, 10, 7, and 4.
In the Past: Job Wheel
The job chart that my family has been using for awhile now is a job wheel. It looks something like this. The instructions for using this particular wheel chart are here (just scroll down).
This type of job chart has worked really well for my older children–each child has the same cluster of jobs for two weeks, then we turn the wheel. I saw a new kind of wheel on the internet that looks like a great idea too. The instructions on how to use it are here.
Currently Trying: Chore Cards
One great technique for small children and toddlers was featured in Latterday Woman Magazine by Marie Ricks and Kammi Pyles. It involves putting each chore on a color-coded card so your little ones know if the job needs to be done daily, weekly or monthly.
I’m currently trying this technique with my 4-year-old and for my 7-year-old, who I haven’t put on the job wheel yet because he has some development difficulties. To learn how the system works, click on the magazine link and you can download the chore pictures from the article. Here are some more cute chore pictures.
I am trying something similar to this with my children right now. I have several friends that do lists that have a lot of success. I’ll let you know how it goes.
Looking around the internet, I’ve found some other ideas that appealed to me but I haven’t tried yet. I especially like the ones that give children variety in their jobs so they don’t end up doing the same one forever and hating it, but also allows them to have the chore long enough to get good at it.
Here’s a great idea of writing jobs on popscicle sticks that allows rotation and only requires one chore a day.
I found a list of jobs that are appropriate for children ages 18 months to 7 years. Sometimes I’m not sure what to expect out of my little ones, so it’s nice to get some ideas. I also like the idea of have a checklist for children to follow as they are doing a particular job.
I would love to know what works for you. Everyone has a different situation and different needs, but I love gettting new ideas so please share!
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