Chore Workshop Series, Part 2
If you have never implemented a chore routine in your household, it might take a few tries to "tweak" your children's list of responsibilities. I have used chore charts for years, and ours are always changing, because of changes in our home (like a new pet...) or changes in the season. Don't be discouraged if it takes a few tries for you to get it right for your home. Be on the look-out for neglected tasks. These are perfect for chore lists. You know, those things that bring your blood to a boil instantly, because they happen all the time. Like those shoes that are always in the middle of the entry-way...
Files from my own chore system are found below. I have included chore charts that have already been filled out, so you can see what my children do, in addition to some of my blank chore charts that you may customize to fit your own needs. You will find that the lists for my older children include daily "Zones," which are manageable areas of the house that we clean each day. Cleaning "zones" was a request from my children, who preferred breaking up the work during the week, rather than spending many hours, cleaning the entire house in one day.
Additionally, I have included a printable "Tips for Success" sheet with helpful hints to help get the ball rolling.
Finally, you will find links to very specific pages on sites that feature lists of chores by age. Of course, you can automatically assume that the tasks that are appropriate for younger children will certainly be easily accomplished by older children. Because of this, you may want to read through the lists that are for children younger than yours, just in case there is something on them that you want to use. Please leave me your comments, letting me know if this is helpful to you, or even your suggestions or helpful links to share.
Chore Charts: Filled Examples or Blank
Free Resource Links
Chores for children, listed by age from Homeschool-Your-Boys.com: Lists of chores for every age, from preschool to teens. Perfect for boys or girls!
Detail Cleaning List for Zones
Chores by "zone" from FlyLady.net:FlyLady has divided the home up into five zones. Don't worry if you think you have more than that in your own home.
Trade Chores With Your Kids
And other creative tactics from Focus on the Family: In the series "Motivating Kids to do Chores" The author of this segment had an epiphany that changed the way she responded when her kids neglected their responsibilities.
How To Convince Kids to Use a Chore Chart
Helpful motivation tips from the Housekeeping.About.com Series "10 Ways to Get Kids to Use a Chore Chart" Featuring sound strategies for motivating kids to help.
Preschool Planner Pages & Chore Chart
Printable preschool chore chart from ShepherdingtheLambs.Blogspot.com Simple PDF chart, perfect for little ones.
Free PDF Chore Charts
Free themed chore charts from ChoreCharts.com: Choose from daily, weekly or monthly printable chore charts, with themes and colorful graphics. Simply print and fill in.
DTLK's Custom Chore Chart
A totally customizable chore chart generator at DTLK-Cards.com: You can even choose cartoon characters or themes to personalize them further.
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