September 23, 2014
If you're thinking about starting a chore system for your children, you might not be sure how to structure it. There are tons of strategies for getting kids involved around the house, but it might take some trial and error to find one that works for your family. Most of the systems you'll find on Pinterest will fall into one of the following categories, so here are the pros and cons of each to help you find the best fit for your kids!
Some parents choose to forego a reward and teach children that chores are simply a part of their family responsibility. The mommy blogger from Your Modern Family explains that her children pick one chore at random to complete every night after dinner. You could also choose to have a list of chores that must be completed each week.
There are so many creative ways to make a chore chart for kids. You can have set chores for each day or make it the luck of the draw. Use stickers or hole punches to keep track of which tasks are completed. Some parents, like Clean Mama, give their children a small allowance when they complete all their chores for the week.
Rewards for chores
Finally, some systems attach a monetary reward or other benefit to each individual chore. Parents might choose to give children $1 for cleaning their bedroom or $2 for helping to fold laundry. Alternatively, this system can help you to allocate television or computer time.
Remember, the chore system you choose may not work at first! You may have to experiment with a mixture of these different systems and various incentives before you find something that works for your family. Once you get kids involved in housework, they'll learn a lot about work ethic and reward systems. Plus, the household chores will get done quicker, and you can spend more time doing fun activities as a family!