When my house is a mess I get stressed.
Don't you hate when the house has clutter and dirt everywhere and you seem to be the only one that notices? I somehow feel solely responsible for keeping it presentable and clean.
Just the mere suggestion of cleaning used to make my kids panic. Getting them to do chores was frustrating and stressful so much so that it seemed easier to do everything myself. I was doing even the simplest of chores for them like putting their laundry in the hamper, picking up their dishes, and putting their coats and shoes away.
I searched far and wide for a chore system that would fit our needs but I couldn't find anything that was going to work. So one day out of frustration, I decided to create my own and NEATLINGS was born!!! I created a customizble chore chart system that met all our needs and my kids were excited - they couldn't get enough chores! They would run off the school bus and start doing chores as soon as they got home - I didn't have to do anything! Eek! It was so exciting!!!
My kids' friends would even say that they wanted one too. This is when I knew I had something worth sharing. I made a few prototypes and asked one mom if she wanted to try it. She happened to write a quick thank you on Facebook and within minutes, I had a waiting list!Watch video to get a short overview of how it works or click here for more NEATLINGS videos
Chore chart for 3 kids
I created a system that clearly defines a child's responsibilities, which chores are expected, how they can earn rewards, it can be set up differently for each child with age appropriate chores, it's easy to set up and kids are actually excited to do their chores!
This product is truly a labor of love for me.
My chore system has even won prestigious awards Gold Mom's Choice Awards and Parent's Choice Approved.
Here's how to create a chore chart that WORKS!
Step 1. SELECT AGE APPROPRIATE CHORES
Take some notes (mental notes work just fine), determine which ones your child is already good at and cross those off. You will not need them as these are already a normal expected part of their life. Take special note of what they are working on now and what you need them to be doing more of or even ones that they need reminders for. If you see any that are not on the list then jot these down too. These will be your first chores.
Toddlers and younger children will have more self-care chores than household chores as they are still learning these jobs.
As grade school children get older this balance will slowly shift. They will become proficient at basic self-care which will then become a regular task and they will begin to take on more household tasks.Click "Chores by Age" image for larger online display.
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You can use this free printable as a guide to help parents and give ideas on what and when you children may be ready for different tasks. It is not expected that a child do all the chores Adjust the chore as needed.
Older kids and teens will have more household chores assigned as they should be pretty good at the self-care tasks by now.
*Remember, chores are a teaching opportunity. Don't expect that your child will know how do any task until you have taught them, maybe several times. All children are different and learn in different ways and at different paces. Be patient and encouraging.
Chore List for Kids
Once you have a good idea of what tasks are a good fit for each child then it's time to move onto step 2!
Step 2. DECIDE HOW YOU WILL TRACK CHORES
Sure, there are other chore chart ideas out there but these tend to all be list style charts, such as star charts. These typically don't work well. If you want you can read more about it here: Why Star Charts Don't Work.
You will want to place your chore chart in a high traffic visible location. This way every time anyone walks by the chore chart they will see what has been done, what is left to do and easily see the progress throughout the day.
Great locations that work include the kitchen, mud-room, and hallways. If you can’t find a suitable wall space then you can easily hang it on a door.
Setting up your chore chart. This will take a little thought as every family is different and NEATLINGS chore system can be set up in numerous ways. You can find several useful tips and inspiration at Chart Configuration Ideas.
In our family we have set up the chart several different ways. This is helpful as routines can get stale and schedules can change. When you need a change just freshen up your system and start anew - it will work great every time!
*TIP: To help encourage my kids to complete all their chores without complaint. I pay them double tickets if they complete all of their assigned tasks and do it without complaint. This helps ensure that they will find that last bit of energy to get the jobs done without too many reminders from me.
I was amazed when I first implemented this system. The kids were able to practically manage it all without my intervention. Aside from teaching them new chores the only thing I needed to do was the initial set up of our daily chore chart and settle up with them each night and with 3 kids it only takes about 5 minutes total and because of all the enthusiastic help I had, I gained an hour back in my day every day.
If you are here then you are probably a parent, so you are already crazy busy. I get it, you don't need another thing to manage. You need a system that your kids will be excited about and manage without you needing to oversee them every step. Step 3 is all about incentivesthat will get everyone excited to do chores without the need for you to micro manage.
Step 3. DECIDE ON CHORE INCENTIVES
*TIP: Only pay for the Work For Tickets chore cards when the Responsibility chores cards are completed. A child must do all their responsibility chores to earn the privilege of earning reward tickets.
Determine a value for each reward ticket. At our house we pay $0.25 a ticket, or 15 minutes of screen time, or tickets can be used to purchase items from a family store.
Here is a quick summery of how it works:
Now you have everything you need to know to create a chore chart that WORKS!
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