Do you have to remind your child a half dozen times to make the bed, or answer constant complaints about responsibilities around the house? Many Circle of Moms members tout chore chart as the solution.
While not all moms are fans of these lists of daily or weekly responsibilities, moms like Nancy swear by them: “My daughter was a champion dawdler in the morning getting ready for school until we made a chore chart. It worked perfectly.”
If you want to get started – or to change up your current system – check out these tips from other moms on the best chore charts and reward systems.
Moms of younger children find that including pictures or photos makes the charts more engaging. As Carolyn C. shares: “I made one for my four-year-old by taking photos of her doing certain chores - making her bed, feeding the cat, picking up toys etc.”
Similarly, Kalina N. relays: “The one I did had a bunch of pictures on it of the things my kids need to do. That way it's visual and they love it. I laminated it and put Velcro on it so when they finished that chore it would get covered with another laminated picture … It makes it so much more fun for the kids, too, especially when they get to cover it up.”
Numerous moms sing the praises of using stickers on chore charts to mark completed tasks. Not only do stickers help kids keep track of what's been done, they also help kids recognize and take pride in their own accomplishments.
As Nancy W. explains: "We bought a package of colored stars at the dollar store, and [my daughter] felt good about herself when she could fill the whole column. And it made our mornings so much easier and far more pleasant without Mom having to nag constantly."
Becky M. agrees: "Get him stars or stickers or something he can put on himself when he accomplishes things. It [not] only helps avoid arguments, it boosts their self esteem when they see their accomplishments."
Many moms recommend giving small rewards for chores, although reward systems vary quite a bit.
Some parents offer a small amount of money for each completed task, while moms like Carloyn C. offer a small item or treat after a certain number of chores are completed: "She gets to put a sticker on each grouping of tasks, and then at the end of each week, she is rewarded with something small: ice cream for dessert, a movie from the library, whatever. She caught on right away and loves it!"
Yvette P., meanwhile, uses a chore reward that would likely work well for older kids: computer time!
While many moms make their own charts at home, others recommend specific chore chart products. Julia W. likes EasyChild software for chore charting, and uses it for her two teenagers: "It allows you to...adjust as they get older, plus allows customization per [each] child's needs."
Have you found a chore chart system that works for your family?