As a family we decided that it was time to do something about it. We all agreed that there are certain things the girls should be doing for themselves without even being asked; especially since Kee will be starting Kindergarten in September (EEeeeeeee!!*).
We decided to make a chore chart.
As an avid Pinterest surfer, I am aware that there are all kinds of fancy chore charts floating around. However, the fact that I don't have a printer, combined with the fact that I didn't really want to spend any money on it, meant that I didn't want to make any of them.
Instead, I came up with this:
|12 x 12 scrapbook paper, Card stock, Markers, Self Adhesive hooks,|
Cardboard for the backing
It's not super fancy, but it does that job, and was easy to make. The girls helped decide what it would look like -- they each picked their own papers and markers -- and that got them involved in the process, which I've always found makes them more likely to do what I'm asking.
|Each of them has their own side and the cards we're not using hang in the middle.|
Anyway. The premise is simple. The chores are written on the cards, and the cards get hung on the hooks when that particular chore needs to be done. Once the chore is completed, they get a big green check mark hung over top of it.
Now when they ask if they can do something like play on the computer, I ask them "do you have all your check marks?" and they go look at the board. If they haven't got them, they go finish what they're missing, so that they can do whatever it was they wanted to do.
And so far? It's working!
I probably shouldn't have written that.
*I'm part "Ohmygod, my baby's gone!" *sniffle*, and part "Ohmygod, my baby's gone!" *highfive random stranger*.