With 3 kids between the ages of 3 and 6, keeping up with chores is a MAJOR chore for me. Over the past several years, I’ve actually come to hate chores. Not the act of doing them myself, but the whole trying to keep with with my kids getting chores done and keeping track of it part. I’ve tried different types of charts, and they ultimately end up shoved into the junk drawer in the kitchen–abandoned… Because it was simply too much work for me to keep up with it! And it’s not like my kids don’t love doing chores. They’re still at the age where they LOVE to help, so I really should capitalize on that, right? I should take full advantage of the fact that I have a tiny army of helpers… Plus, there’s the whole teaching kids the value of hard work part too! Haha!
So, in my attempts to basically simplify the chores and chores chart process to a point where the kids and I can keep up with things without feeling overwhelmed by chores, I created a single chart for all 3 kids with ONE CHORE PER DAY because honestly, between school and martial arts classes, homework and the very valuable play time and family time, my kids don’t have a whole lot of time to devote to chores. Nor do I want to work them to the point where they hate doing chores.
So for my 6-year olds, their weekly chores include swiffering the floors, putting away laundry, cleaning their playroom, watering plants, taking out the recycling (only because we have to walk down 3 flights of stairs and our regular trash bags tend to be pretty heavy), washing dishes–with supervision!–and wiping down bathroom surfaces. For my 3 year old, I had to keep things simpler. She can help with putting away laundry and cleaning the playroom with the boys, and since toys seem to migrate from the playroom to the rest of the house, her job is to make sure those toys go back into the playroom. I can also entrust her with dusting the windowsills and wiping down doorhandles!
At the end of each week, the kids receive a SMALL reward for completing their weekly chores. I do want to give them some incentive for being responsible, but I don’t want them to think that they should be rewarded for doing things around the house that they should be doing anyway. At the end of 5 weeks, if they successfully complete all of their chores, my husband and I treat them to something special, but their rewards are family-oriented rather than individually-oriented. For example, a new family board game, ice cream at Baskin Robbins, lunch with Daddy during the work-week.
There are three different versions of this chart available for download:
Version 1 is the same chart I used, but the individual chores have been left blank for you to fill in yourself. Version 2 has a colored grid rather than lines, and Version 3 has no lines or grid.
These charts can easily be used for a number of other things–not just chores! You can track your child’s summer reading progress, homework throughout the school year, your own work-out schedule, etc. And the blank space at the end of each week is a great place to write down an incentive for getting things done throughout the week!
Just click on the links below to download the PDF files and print as many as you need. Please feel free to share on your own blogs, but provide a link back to jkwdesigns.com if you do. Teachers and educators, you’re welcome to use the chart however you’d like!
Hope you enjoy the chart! I’d also love to hear your ideas for getting chores done simply and effectively, especially if you have several young children in your family.