Instead of fighting off your children to complete chores, create a chore chart and enlist their help.
You want to teach your children responsibility, but let's be honest, sometimes it's easier to complete the chores yourself. For a busy parent, it's difficult to keep up with what has been done and what needs to be done. When was the last time you mopped these floors? Creating a chore chart is a simple and effective way to organize your household responsibilities and provide incentives so your child will be motivated to complete the tasks. Plus, with all the extra help, you might even get a chance to actually read that book you started months ago.
1List the days of the week across the top of your board. Include only the days that chores need to be completed. Keep in mind the amount of time your family has to complete chores. Keep after-school tasks short and simple. No one wants the task of sweeping and mopping the entire house after a long, busy day. Try to save one day of the week to be chore free so you and the kids get a break. As a hard-working parent, you deserve it.
2List family members' names along the left-hand side of the board. Include each family member that can contribute in some way. Even your toddler -- and spouse -- can complete simple tasks. Using a ruler, draw lines to create a grid.
3Choose age-appropriate tasks for each family member. While your toddler can probably pick up the toys in his room, expecting himm to vacuum the floor is probably unrealistic. As tempting as it might be to assign all your least favorite chores to other family members, you can expect more willingness if each family member is allowed input. Write the daily tasks on the board next to each person's name and change the tasks weekly as needed.
4Place a check mark next to each chore as its completed. Provide weekly incentives for each family member that completes the assigned chores. Rewards for toddlers and preschoolers might be stickers or a trip to the park or the ice cream shop.
- Spend time teaching your child how the chore should be done. Your toddler may not know the correct way to make his bed, unless it is demonstrated to him.Setting a timer can motivate your child to get her chores done quickly. Your child will love trying to beat the clock.To make matters easier for younger children, use simple picture cards to display tasks. Pictures can be drawn on index cards or printed from the computer and taped to the boardColor code family members' names and tasks. Toddlers who are unable to read their names will be able to spot their color much easier.
Things You'll Need
- Dry erase board or chalkboard