Updated: May 18, 2018
My two older kids have been taking on more chores in order to start earning some money. I didn’t want to just give them a set amount of money at the end of the week for doing chores when I couldn’t actually remember how much they did that week. So, I decided to create a chore chart so there was a clear list of what needs to be done by each of them, as well as a clear checklist of what had been completed by each kid. I searched for some sort of printout that I could stick to the fridge but felt like this would be wasteful. I decided to create my own chart that is easy enough to modify as they get older.
I purchased a dry erase white board that I could put on the side of my fridge. The board itself is magnetic but it didn’t stick to the fridge so I used magnetic tape so that I could put it on the fridge and easily take it down if I need to write on it or clean it up.
I used washi tape to create grid lines so that each check mark is clear and everyone can see which chores are done and still need to be done.
My son, Troy, is 10 1/2 so his chore list is much larger than my daughter Avery’s since she is only 6. Most of his chores consist of taking care of the animals. Mine sweep (this is how we say pick up the dog poop), clean the cat box, feed the chickens and rabbit, clean his room and make his bed, take care of stuff in the kitchen such as emptying the dishwasher and taking out the trash and the recycling.
Avery’s chores are similar to Troy’s but are things that she can do without help. I had to draw little pictures next to her chores since she can't read just yet. She can feed the cats and the dog, collect the eggs from the chicken coop, clean her room and make her bed, she can water the plants and clear the dining room table (since she is the one who makes the biggest mess with her paper crafts and coloring). Both kids also do their own laundry so that is added on both their charts.
They can also earn extra check marks if they do extra tasks that aren’t on their chart. This is usually when I will need something extra done such as hose off the front porch, clean up the baby’s toys for me, or vacuum. They can also get points taken away if they misbehave. Each check mark is worth a nickel right now. I may increase it to a dime in the future but I felt that a nickel was a good starting place. The kids also have a bank at the top of the chore chart where all their marks are added up at the end of the week and added to the total in the bank. If there is something they would like to buy, they have to have enough money in the bank to purchase it. This helps them see not only the importance of saving money, but see how long it actually takes to save up that amount.
So far, the kids have loved the chore chart. They like checking things off the list and they will ask if there is anything else that they can do to earn extra marks. Hopefully it will remain that way and I won’t have to constantly remind them to do their chores.