Kids and Chores

Kids and Chores

Chores…so many, so little time.  Over the past year or so I have tried out numerous “chore systems.”  I have found failure in most, not because my kids won’t do the work, but because they seem to be more work for me to keep track of then they are worth!

So…as the new year started, I tried yet another plan…and this one is working.  Because it’s SIMPLE:)

For our family, it’s working like this…kids are expected to do the basic chores (bed making, picking up their room, cleaning up toys, helping with siblings) for no money or compensation.  We’re a team, and we all need to work to make things happen.

HOWEVER…I made a simple list of extra jobs they can do if they want to earn money.  If they complete a job to my satisfaction, and to the best they are able, they earn a nickel. I know, my kids are little, and I can still get away with it!  They keep track of how much they do each day and we pay them at bedtime.  Some days they work hard and some days they don’t.  It has also bred some healthy competition between my boys!

My kids are little, so the chores are simple, but still very helpful to me!

They love watching their money jars fill up and are learning to save, give and spend!

I am always curious what works for other families?  Do tell!

4 Responses »

  1. Different ages, different needs, different abilities, different times… and always changing. So, how to handle chores is like picking out the dinner menu – no “system” lasts forever.
    One thing to consider – how will the chores and the system help prepare my children to be on their own at 18? Maybe one of the reasons I didn’t marry until I was 27 was because I could recognize and do the basics – laundry, vacuuming, washing windows, cooking, ironing, mowing lawn, sawing firewood, etc. So, chores serve at least a double purpose – “git ‘er dun!” and OJT training.
    Another – that’s life. Life takes hard work, and teamwork, and it just doesn’t go away. Welcome to the world.
    Doing more for oneself is a great way to indirectly teach appreciation, and the lessons of “consequences”, good and bad, intended or not. It was amazing how much grief was eliminated when the kids did their own laundry. Want that favorite shirt to wear? It’s your problem, not mine!!! Jan’s grandson was doing his own laundry before he was a teen. It’s not hard.
    I think it helps when kids see parents do the “fun chores” as well as the crappy ones – modeling is good. Holding children accountable is good, too.
    Hopefully EVERYBODY is worn out at the end of the day.

    Most important – listen(read)to what others have to offer, and then do what works for YOU, today! This time next year it will probably be a different solution!

  2. my kids have basic chores they each do every day (feed the dog, take out the compost and recycling, wash the table after dinner). I have a dry-erase board in the kitchen with each of their names on it, and each day, in addition to their “regular” chores, I put down one or two things for each of them to do, depending on the needs of that day. My 3 most often used are fold towels, empty/fill dishwasher, and take out trash. Fridays they clean the bathrooms. Sundays they have “off” – I don’t give them extra chores, and I don’t enforce the regular chores, except feeding the pets. If I have something specific that needs to be done randomly (like if the microwave is filthy inside), I’ll add that to the list. In addition, I also have a list of “extra” chores on the fridge that they can do for money, but they rarely do those. As said in the comment above, the chores routine changes from year to year here too, depending on the ages and abilities of the kids. My 2-year-olds don’t have “chores” per-se, but they do bring their dishes to the sink, and they sometimes help me fill the dishwasher, and switch laundry from the washer to the dryer.

  3. I LOVE THIS IDEA!!!!!!! It is sooooo simple!
    We have morning chores, daily chores, weekly chores, and supper chores.

    But I love the idea of extra chores to earn money.

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