In my last post, I promised to share what I use as a chore chart, so here it is.
Above is a picture of a chore chart I use for my daughter who recently turned six. She isn’t reading proficiently yet but she does know a few sight words so I have used those. A little bit of a control freak herself (learning from the best!) she loves the checklist.
We do pay our children a small amount each week with which they buy toys and candy and save and tithe. Since this is a daily sheet, they get one quarter for their personal chores like cleaning up their room and bringing me their dirty laundry to wash and then the second quarter is earned by doing “mom’s chores.” (Yup, that’s supposed to be me up there.) These include anything from sorting and putting away laundry, bringing in groceries, cleaning the car, wiping down walls, sweeping, mopping the floors and so on. My littlest will turn two next month so these are a bit much for him, but he does put socks away, wipe up spills and do other smallish things to help. (We buy his candy – for now.)
But the big question: does this save time? And the answer absolutely is YES!
While the children are putting away laundry, for example, I will be washing dishes, or sweeping the floors or cleaning the bathroom. While they are cleaning their rooms, I can plan dinner, pay bills and so forth.
We assign one hour every morning to playing outside (while I write) and one hour to chores, after which we begin school. Doing chores together streamlines the day as nothing else would. The house is clean and we start anew every morning. It works.
That said, this is clearly not the only way. I have heard other moms share that they have two times in a day when they break to put things away and do chores. There are apps you can use, chore charts that hang on every child’s wall, some people choose to “pay” children with stars that add up to something special.
I say, do what works. This works for us for now.
I’m sure as the children get older, it will change. The way I see it, this style helps me achieve four things: teaching my children to work, instilling in them a desire for a clean and well-run home, saving me time and giving me less to do, not more (I haven’t put laundry away myself for six months!) and connecting the concept of earning money to work.