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How to Create a Chore Chart or Reward System

How to Create a Chore Chart or Reward System

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.

Visual Charts

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.”

Stickers

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."

 

Rewards

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!

Resources

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."

Tamara W., meanwhile, uses Chart Jungle: "I get all my charts from Chart Jungle, they have charts for just about everything you would ever need."

Have you found a chore chart system that works for your family?

Image Source: notahandbag via Flickr/Creative Commons

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KellyKeith KellyKeith 4 years
I have 2 kids and they are quite far apart in abilities. My son is 6 and refuses to do ANYTHING extra without an incentive and my daughter is 2.5 and will do ANYTHING you ask her except remember to do her business on the potty, even though up till Christmas she was fully trained. So I bought a magnetic board for him as there are more things he can do, I printed up clipart photos of what I need him to do. Then I got foam stars. I mounted both the photos and the stars to plain round magnets I found at Michaels. This way it's easy to reset at the end of the day (or week) we only started this morning so I have to see what works best. For my daughter I printed up clipart pictures on a chart that my computer organized and I stuck it to the fridge with her stars, this way she get s to join in the fun and it may just get her going on the potty again if it means getting stars. I hope it works for more than a couple of weeks.
NatashaBarran NatashaBarran 4 years
All good but what do you do for a child who is 10 yet acts 4. We have been told she is developmentally delayed. We are also waiting to see the mental health system as she has a mean temper on her and is very defiant and attention seeking. Also hyperactive, doesn't think before acting in a lot of situations. Charts never work no matter what the reward is and I feel she is too old for sticker charts.......Any ideas please????
StellaChilonda StellaChilonda 4 years
This is a good idea! I need to make my own chore chart too.
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