In my last blog I offered some tips when it comes to chores and children. The idea was to get you thinking about the ways you can make it easier for them and yourself.
Now we are going to look at how to create a chore chart. But you might want to first decide if your children will receive an allowance for doing their chores.
I have been on both sides. There were times over the years that I did pay an allowance. Then there was a time when they were expected to do certain chores as a contribution to the household, and would only receive money for bigger jobs (such as painting the fence or washing a car).
Just make sure that you have decided ahead of time what you are going to do. Then make the rules about receiving an allowance crystal clear.
One of the easiest ways to create a chore chart when you have multiple children is to first write a list of all the chores that need to be done. If you really want to involve your children in the decision-making process, give them a copy of the master list of chores. Have them circle their top three choices.
If all of your children select the same ones, you might have to come up with a system, such as rotating those chores. But if they mostly come up with different ones, it makes assigning chores easier.
Of course, keep in mind that these should be age-appropriate. You also want to make sure that you incorporate their personal responsibilities, such as making their own bed.
There are so many fancy chore charts available, even at big shopping centers such as Target or Walmart. You can also find charts at office supply stores and online.
I always preferred to create my own. But if you are looking for a jumpstart on some ideas, do a Google search for “chore charts.” You will find all kinds of examples and free resources.