Recently while I was sick for a month, my mom and mother in law were nice enough to point out that my kids do nothing!
It was hard not to take offense to this, but I really didn't because it is sadly true.
I guess being a stay at home mom, I just do everything.
And I always feel like the kids are exhausted from school and all that they are involved in, so I do "it".
And by "it", I mean everything.
Although, my teen does take care of her own stuff. She is just naturally more organized than the rest of us.
I realized it was time to...
dun, dun, dun.... (cue eery music)
Break out the chore chart!
Now each child has their own chart up on the wall.
We skipped Sunday, because I didn't get it up till Sunday night, but there are 72 boxes that need to be checked for the week.
I put their goal as getting at least 65 of those boxes checked.
My problems so far?
I can't figure out how to motivate them.
I am not big on rewarding them for things they should do anyway.
I am not into allowance.
I did offer a small item after a month of good chore charts, where they meet their goals each week.
But, they kind of just looked at me like a month is a long time away.
And I think some of them are starting to think that half the chores done are better than none?
I am open to suggestions.
Where did I get these charts you might ask?
Well, I was really racking my brain trying to think of the best method.
I do this a lot and it usually just prevents me from getting anything done.
I was thinking of making something crafty an found these.
Then I was thinking I didn't want to have to "buy" any supplies just to get my kids to do chores they are supposed to do anyway.
Then I thought of printing something out, like you see here.
Finally, while I was doing some chores of my own I found a package of chore charts I bought at the dollar store about a year ago.
Yes, my desk is that messy!
I love the chore charts, but I am not sure how crazy I am about writing everything out each time.
I am thinking about laminating 4 of them so we can use them week after week.
What about you?
How do you get your kids to help out around the house?