How to Make Chore Charts

 

Chore charts are a great way to organize household responsibilities, while teaching children about the importance of team spirit and contribution. Here is some information on how to effectively design a chore chart.

Research

First, do some research about what kinds of chores your children could be capable of handling. While some chores are beyond a child's level of ability, often slight modifications may be made for success. Make a note of the appropriate ages associated with various types of jobs. Consider the kinds of materials you can easily use for the chart. A whiteboard that can be erased is excellent, as it is easy to maintain and can be used in a variety of ways.

Visual Chore Charts

Make the chore chart as visual as possible. This will make it easier for all of your family members to understand and also assist in accountability. Many children require a visual prop to help them understand completely new ideas. A visual chore chart system can also help them to stay focused. Design the chart so that items may be physically crossed off the list.

Group Participation

Make designing the chart fun, using pictures and allowing kids to choose and paste the images on the chart. Allow your kids to help select and create the chart so they will feel more like they are involved in making decisions and will be more likely to own their responsibilities. Hold regular meetings to discuss the new system. Encourage communication and allow them to make some of the decisions as to how the system will be created, implemented and maintained. Read all of the chores aloud so that the kids learn to associate what the chores are called to the images on the chart.

Household Contributions

Some kinds of jobs that are appropriate for very young children can include helping with activities. Give each child a "role" in something you are doing. For example, when you prepare a family meal, let your child stir something in a bowl. Eventually, as the child gets older, you can teach him to chop, peel and perform other cooking tasks. Even the smallest children can be taught to pick up after themselves and make their own beds, which are excellent ways to ease into assigning a chore. When a child participates, acknowledge it with a gold star or other form on the chart.

Reward System

Every child should have a chore that contributes to the household. It is easy to encourage more participation if there are extra rewards given for extraordinary work or performance. Include allowance as a way to teach children about payment for hard work. This also provides an opportunity to teach kids how to handle money. Use stickers, smileys, stars and other insignia to acknowledge good work on the chart.

Teach Accountability

When children fail to complete their chores, there needs to be a consequence. The merit and point system is a great way to track how well a child is keeping up with chores. This can be done without making the system too harsh by gently teaching what happens when people do not follow up and do what is expected of them. Also include a way to make up for what is missed.

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