Every Mom needs a chore chart. There is simply no better way to keep your children organized, while teaching them responsibility. You can use a chore chart with children as young as 2 years old, and you can modify their responsibilities to be age appropriate. They don’t have to do a lot, but they are never too little to start contributing and learning good habits!
A chore chart really is every Mom’s best friend, and we have some tips for chore chart success, along with a chore chart you can print out right now to use.
Make Your Expectations Reasonable
Make sure that the chores you are giving your child are age-appropriate. In case you were wondering what that might be, we made you a handy list to help. For example, if you want your child to make their own bed, but they’re younger in age, it’s going to be very hard for them to handle bedsheets, pillows, a duvet, and everything else that might go on their bed all alone.
Let’s say you want your child to hang up their clothes in the closet, but they can’t reach the hangers. See what we mean? Make adjustments to what you expect if you’re not setting your child up for success.
Think About The Rewards
Take time to think about what the rewards for your child will be. Will your child do chores in exchange for money? Can they exchange chores for other privileges or benefits, like time on the computer? Consider what will work the best to motivate your child.
Considering Setting Time Aside For Chores
It’s a good idea to consider setting aside a certain time of day for chores. That helps to keep your child in a routine, as well as keep them consistent.
Don’t Forget About The Other Responsibilities Your Child Has
On top of getting chores done, you child will probably have to get homework done or do other activities as well, depending on their age. It’s your job as a Mom to make sure there is enough time in the day to get everything done. If you see your child struggling to accomplish everything that’s on their plate, think about what you can remove so they have a more manageable time. You want to do your best to set your child up for success.
Visual Charts Inspire Focus
Having a physical, visual chore chart for your child to see inspires focus. If they can look at exactly what is expected of them and what they need to accomplish, it really helps them to understand and connect the dots.
The Chip Chicklets chore chart is below, and there are several ways you can use it. You can print it out and laminate, then use a dry erase board marker to fill responsibilities in weekly, or you can print it out every week and start new. You can simply check off each day with a marker, or you can use a sticker, which is personally our favorite. Stickers are just a lot more exciting and something children really enjoy working towards. You can use the top line to write in your child’s name and we even have a notes section in case you need to jot things down.