I Never Thought I Needed A Family Chore Chart
I’ve never really felt the need to have a Family Chore Chart before. The kids were brought up with chore time from an early age and I usually just rope who ever is around and we get on with the job. My children did have a few assigned job and since that didn’t change much so I saw no reason for a family chore chart.
However Some Kids Never Seem To Be Around Anymore
Now we have 4 teenagers in the home, who have university, independent social lives and paid jobs. And I’m finding it harder to co-ordinate the chores around the home fairly. It seems some of my kids “never have time” to do the jobs when I “spring” it on them just before they are about to go out. So this year after looking enviously over a friends very successful chore chart I made my own. I started this not to get them to clean their room (so I could see the floor) but to make sure the jobs that make the house run are done. It’s only a nice board up in the laundry at the moment – but it’s all ready to go. I’ve scheduled their jobs to suit their other commitments but I need them to see that they can’t slack off just because they have other responsibilities of their own. The consequences for not doing their jobs will be financial. That will motivated them as cash is king especially for the older ones.
Making The Family Chore Chart
If you are looking for inspiration there are many family chore charts on Pinterest. Mine is only a basic list jobs and I am leaving them to plan their own work. I split the jobs into:
- Daily – for me that was mainly who will help prepare the dinner (and eventually make the whole dinner) and who will clean up after dinner.
- Weekly Jobs – Each week they have a set task that never really varies. These are things like clean bathrooms, vacuuming, and emptying the dishwasher. We rotate about once a year.
- Monthly Jobs – I made a list of jobs to do around the house that need to be done once a month. I split that evenly over four weeks and made cards for them.
- I made four cards per month so that each child could have one extra job that week.
- I laminated each card and put them in CD envelopes and pinned the envelopes to the board with tacks and sticky Velcro dots. Each week we will work through a different set of cards over a four-week rotation.
I bought the cheap cork/white board at Kmart for $12.00 and some pretty magnets. I had the rest of the supplies so it was very cheap to do. I’m planning on using the whiteboard marker to add jobs that need doing that aren’t on my list. Let’s hope it goes well! All the kids have agreed to follow it.