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Chore Cards for Kids

Call me a Chore Nazi (that’s what my kids think I am) but I am a HUGE stickler for making kids do chores. Children have it SO easy nowadays and this is one way for them to learn to be hard workers and realize they can do hard things. Not only does it teach them responsibility but it gives them confidence in learning new skills. In fact, when I taught my daughter how to clean the toilet, I gave her a big pep talk on how, when she went off to college, some of her roommates might not even know how to do that but SHE WILL!  Apparently that pep talk was effective because I overheard her giving it to her brother when he was learning how to clean the toilet.  Now all three of my kids know how to clean the toilet well, including my 4-year old!

The way that I enforce chores with my kids is through Chore Cards and “The Chore Bag.” Every morning, they have to pick a Chore Card from “The Chore Bag.” “The Chore Bag” is simply a paper lunch bag full of different chore options.  Whatever they choose is what they have to do for that day. If they don’t complete their chore that morning, they have to do it after school. If they don’t complete their chore at all that day, they will have double chores the next day.  They cannot have “Screen Time” or play with friends until their chores are done. Like I said, I’m a Chore Nazi.

I have been using Chore Cards in a Chore Bag for several years now and it still works like a charm! The reason that my Chore Cards/Bag are so effective is because of one thing: the coveted “Freebie Chore” card! The “Freebie Chore” card is the card that my kids are always wishing and fishing for from The Chore Bag. If they get it, it means they don’t have to do a chore that day. However, they can only get one Freebie per week.

I also have a favorite Chore Card and that’s the “Mom’s Choice” card. If chosen, I get to assign any chore I want. Mwa-ha-ha.

During the summer I take extra time to train my kids on how to do each chore from the Chore Cards well. Then, during the school year, when things are busier, they will already know how to do the majority of chores without a lot of supervision. I do, however, make them come and get me for “inspection” on completed chores to avoid them from slackin’ on the job.  The quote below sums up my thoughts on “inspecting” their completed chores.

WANT A FREE SET OF CHORE CARDS FOR KIDS SO YOU CAN BE A CHORE NAZI TOO?

The set includes 18 4×6 chore cards + a Chore Checklist + an “inspection” reminder + ideas on how to use them!

Simply visit: www.chiccritiqueforum.com to download your FREE set of Chore Cards for Kids now!

Kelli France

Kelli’s degree in Elementary Education comes into play as a mother of 3 (and one on the way!), Colorado Springs senior photographer, and business makeover consultant for photographers . Kelli also likes to read (including lots of parenting books), rock her aerobics class, and enjoy weekly date nights (for her personal sanity) with her husband. She currently resides in Colorado Springs.

About Kelli


Kelli France is a busy woman! Her degree in Elementary Education comes into play as a mother of three, children's photographer, and online mentor to photographers. She loves what she does because it gives her a creative outlet. Kelli also likes to read (including lots of parenting books!), rock her aerobics class, and enjoy weekly date nights (for her personal sanity) with her husband. She currently resides in Colorado Springs.

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  • Shar Russell

    Here’s the direct link to the cards. Click on Download and the rest is a piece of cake….
    http://chiccritiqueforum.com/chore-cards-freebie/

  • Csmcastillo

    I love this and the images but when i click the link i cannot find the cards. PLEASE!!!! help!!!
    christy

  • http://overcomingbusy.com/ OvercomingBusy

    so cute! love the idea of your “training” period

  • comfypjs

    What a fantastic idea! I would have done this when my kids were young and at home.