Did you grow up doing chores? I sure did. Saturday morning didn’t start until those chores were D-O-N-E (and we were city people the biggest mess I had was the single bathroom we all shared.) But raising my own kids has brought this whole topic of children and chores to a new level in our home. Coordinating chores by ages and abilities, not to mention fairness (big topic for our kids these days) Hopefully, I’ll help us both figure it out in this article. And of course, there are some free chore charts and chores by age pretty documents just for you!
Teaching Household Chores
- Do it together: Talk through the steps and important points as you do the job. Be sure to demonstrate the task multiple times before you send them on their own. Then provide encouragement, praise, and constructive criticism when they are finished. Have them help you if it needs to be done over.
- Set a timer: This is especially helpful for little ones (or cranky teens) who need to see the light at the end of the tunnel. With little kids, setting a timer to see how much they can get done in a period of time will help them feel success and less overwhelm. We like this timer and this one too. This timer would be awesome for young kids.
- Write it down: Write down the steps of a job on a notecard and store them near the job site. This might help your patience, and theirs as they learn new tasks. This works great for us in the bathroom, laundry, and kitchen. I also LOVE this idea.
- Be consistent: When your children are old enough, don’t swoop in and save they day when they forget to do a chore.
- Be realistic: Make a schedule that makes sense for both you and your children. Be sure it’s is also something you can keep up with. At our home after dinner dish duty is a total kid chore at this point. In order to not argue nightly about who was doing what we assigned one kid to even dates and the other has odd days. If it’s your day you are the lead worker (washing, loading, counters, trash,etc.) and the other child clears the table, puts away food, and takes care of the floor.
Before you know it you will have developed respectful, independent, and diligent kids. Okay, maybe it will take a little more work than this (wink, wink).
By the way – these printables match our kids daily routine chart which you can print also.
Download your FREE Chore Chart Print HERE
Print one copy per child and laminate or slide in a plastic sheet protector after you write in the chores. Your kiddo can mark off completed tasks with a dry erase marker. I like to pre-fill in the dots (with a black marker) on the days that a chore doesn’t need to be completed or isn’t assigned. For example, my kiddos have to take out the garbage cans twice a week.
I like to fill in the dots with a black marker on the days that a chore doesn’t need to be completed. For example, my kiddos have to take out the garbage cans twice a week, so I filled in the other days with a black permanent marker.
OR Print multiple copies of this chore chart and prepare them for each of your awesome kiddos.
Don’t have a laminator (me neither) try these self-laminating sheets. Use them for your chore direction cards too.
Or Check Out These Awesome Chore Charts:
What Chores Should be Child be Doing and When?
Here’s a guide. Kids can do more than you think. Maybe not perfectly the first time, but practice will make perfect. Download this guide HERE or Pin it for future reference.
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