Do your children help out at home? Do you have a chore chart for them, use chore cards, or perhaps you do all of the hard work? As much as I don’t mind my weekly tasks, I’d like my kids to grow up with a good work ethic, realizing just how wonderful and respected they are as a part of our family and the community.
No age is too young to start instilling this idea. In fact, our four year old doesn’t read, yet there are other creative ways to remind him of his tasks. We chose to go the chore chard route, and instead of some average image from the computer – we made his chore cards custom to his tasks. So easy to do, and the kids really get a kick out of this. First we determined what was appropriate for his age, and what things he could physically do. We came up with six daily chores that our little guy was already doing, just not as steadily as he should have been.
Each day he does the following: brushes his teeth, makes his bed, helps to hang up and put away clothing, waters his vegetable plants, picks up the toys and puts the silverware away from a clean dishwasher. All very easy things for him, yet he feels so accomplished when he is able to move that card off of the table.
Speaking of which, that is just how we do it. I created these little cards for him in photo shop and printed them at 4×6. You could do the same if you are able, or simply take pictures of their “chores” and mount to an index card! We spread them all spread out on the table each morning, so he is visually reminded of the tasks that lay ahead of him. As he finishes one up, he is able to move it to the “all done!” basket. If his basket is full at the end of each day he receives a sticker (seven stickers at the end of each week results in two crisp dollar bills). What an exciting time for him (and us)! How he chooses to spend his hard earned cash is completely his call, but it teaches the value of money and hard work.
How do you implement chores and daily tasks with your own children, or how do you plan to? I’d love to get your feedback!