Each child has a chore card for each day of the week. The daily chores are written out on each card. These chores are the same week after week. I change the chores about once a year. I change it up so they can learn to do a new task, but I don't change it frequently because it takes more time and effort on my part to teach the new child the responsibility.
|The Chore Cards. The child's name is written on one side. The other side lists the day and its chores.|
|The Chore Card filing system. Each child has a slot to keep their cards in.|
1. It cuts down on complaints. My kids don't like things sprung on them (any more then I do). They like to know what is expected from the beginning of the day. I've found that they rarely complain about their daily chores. It's just what we do. It's the extra jobs that have to be thrown in from time to time that bring out the complaints.
2. It's a stress eliminator. I don't have to get stressed each week thinking up what jobs need done and who they need done by.
3. It gives me freedom. I can be gone for a day, and the house doesn't fall into shambles. Or I can spend extra time doing something fun with the kids. And I can focus fully on teaching the kids during school hours.
4. It makes for flexibility. The children know what their responsibilities are. Some of them get up and do them first thing in the morning. Others will do them during break time or lunch. And still others wait until after school. The only stipulation on the chores is that they must be done before supper.
5. It creates a spirit of unity. It helps us to think about one another and work together for the good of the whole family.
6. It helps each individual child see that they are important. They each have a role to fill, and they are sorely missed when they don't do their part.
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