• 5:00 PM
The little chore cards that I posted about back in January have gotten a lot more attention then I expected. In fact, when I showed them they were just a part of our every day to us. Something that was working for us and that I wanted to journal about. I've gotten asked if I've made them and if I would be willing to share them and so on. So, to answer the first question, "Yes, I made them." Once again I used my nifty little scrapping program (stay tuned for a give-away there) to create them. They were 100% my husbands idea, and I took his idea and made it into an actual item we could use. They have been a complete success with only the minor hang-up. Like when a certain little boy doesn't hang his back up and must be sent back to find it.. I have finally turned them into a pdf to share too! The thing is, when I made these little cards I wasn't convinced they'd work. I also wasn't planning to share them, simply because I wasn't as convinced they'd work. However, we've been using them daily since back in January and at anytime I see chores undone or children asking for free time I simply refer them to their chore charts.
I've altered the cards a bit for sharing as I have specific rooms and days of the week written on some of the boys cards. For instance, on the set the table card One child has M, W, F and the other one has T, TH, S on it. The chore cards are split between two rings. One ring holds their daily chores which are broken down by Morning & Evening chores (first picture). Then they have weekly chores (pictured above). They generally only have one weekly chore, but somedays (Saturday & Sunday) have more then one chore. On my boys chore cards I wrote down the day of week they had to do the chore on. For instance, Monday one child cleans the bathroom and the other restocks toiler paper. They each vacuum on the same day (Wednesday), but I also wrote down where they must vacuum. The idea is not only to have the boys help clean the house, but to help them be able to do it while I work on my own chores. I left room on the bottom of the weekly cards for you to fill in more specific details. Unfortunately I can't, at this time, make pdfs type able so you'll need to write them in by hand.
To make the cards I printed them all out, laminated them, and cut them apart. Then I punched a hole in the upper left hand corner and used a small circular ring (they are actually curtain rings believe it or not that I picked up at the hardware store for another project. I had 4 left over!) I split the dailies up with the cards Morning & Evening cards. I've included an Afternoon card incase you feel you need one. While my children do have afternoon chores they only amount to helping tidy up after school. Then they get a bit of free time until we all tidy up a bit later. I hung the Daily To Do card at the front of their daily chores (that was probably obvious) and I hung the Weekly card on the weekly chore ring. I've also provided 4 blank cards you can use to make up any chore cards that you need. I've also included some extra chore cards we don't use at this time. Things like "clean the yard" (my kids play inside a fenced in area and need to clean a deck instead of the yard, we don't leave toys outside of our fenced in area), "make lunch", & "wash laundry". I've also included extra pet cards. We have 2 guinea pigs and 1 dog. So our pet cards pertain to our pets. I included cat cards, and a generic pet card. We hang our cards in the dinning room on a mid sized bulliten board that also holds our family schedule. Chore cards are allowed to be taken down while one does their chores, but must be returned once they are done. When morning chores are done we flip to evening chores and hang it up like that. Once evening chores are done we go right back to the start of the chart. Weekly chore cards aren't taken down. We flip to the day of the week and once the chore has been done they flip to the next chore/day of the week. You can download the eleven page pdf here, or by clicking on any of the pictures in this post. Lastly, if there's a chore card you'd like made up, let me know and we'll see what we can do.
Notes: We do not, at this time, offer rewards for chores. Chores are a part of the responsibility of living in our home. Each family member has chores, and each family member is reminded that doing their chores keeps our home running smoothly. My children are given the luxuries of an allowance (which is not based on their chores), renting movies, playing video games, and special coupons they can cash in each month. The boys have been trained on how to do their chores, which took time and patience (and can still sometimes take extra patience and time.) Because we feel satisfied in knowing that they know how to do these chores without our assistance and presence there are consequences for undone or improperly done chores. Most often this results in returning to the 'scene of the crime' and redoing the chore. Occasionally we may take add another chore onto their list. Cleaning up of their own things not done usually results in the loss of said items. Again, it takes just as much patience and training on our parts to follow through being sure chores are done, but as the boys get older and we follow through more there is often less need for anything other then praise for a job well done. Nothing makes for a better start to our day then the boys hearing, "Awesome job guys!" when a chore is checked on.