I wrote out a couple paragraphs on why it is so great to have the whole family involved in chores, making sure everyone is contributing and how awesome it is. However, I just reread all of that and laughed out loud. Let’s be honest. I am home with my kids all day - er’yday. I cannot do it all. It is messy. And at times chaotic. The amount of mess that can be made in the first 35 minutes of our day amazes me every.single.time. I can clean every single toilet in the house only to find every single toilet occupied approximately 3 minutes later. If I did all the tidying and cleaning around here no one would have an education or get fed, and that’s a large part of my job sooooo. We do responsibility and chore charts. I need things to be tidy and clean to stay sane, and I also want my kids to take ownership, learn to contribute, and grow in responsibility. The end!
It isn’t glamorous or picturesque. There are two kids in the family that take for-ev-er to get dressed and moving in the morning, and a husband that notoriously leaves his clothes laying right next to the laundry basket (mentioned with his permission). I have grumblers and complainers, lots of out-loud wondering about why beds have to be made if they’re just going to get unmade again… (sidenote: in response to said complaint, I kindly brought up the fact that studies show people who make their beds are actually more productive in a day. My eldest responds, verbatim, “Well yea that’s because they’ve literally already started with one extra chore in a day.” Fair point.)
But we keep going and keep doing because by golly we can do unpleasant and hard things.
There are a gazillion chore charts out there, and some great ones at that! I’ve found it helps for our family to break things down into two categories for each person based on age/stage:
1) Daily Responsibilities: getting dressed, making bed, brushing teeth, wiping down bathroom, taking out recycling, tidying up room, combing hair, silverware away, setting the table, etc.
2) Weekly Chores: taking trash to curb, dusting baseboards, taking laundry downstairs, vacuuming, etc.
Daily responsibilities happen every day - Weekly chores are specific to which day they need to be done. As in, they don’t take the trash to the curb every day. I throw these printables into sheet protectors so they can be easily modified and kids can quickly check them off as they go about their day/week. We also don’t pay for everything - responsibilities are just a basic fact of life. Their chores count towards a small commission each week (We love Dave Ramsay’s kid’s version —> Mission to Commission!).
So if you’re looking for a tool to use to keep your kids on track without having to direct and answer everything all the time, while instilling responsibility and helpful habits, I hope these are a blessing to you!! Just click the link below and you’ll be able to download the file. There are two different versions, a 5-day and 3-day weekly chores option.
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