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Your home life can really benefit from using a chores for kids chart. For extra help, grab your own free Mama Tools parenting tips reports here.
What types of tasks can you put on a chores for kids chart?
- making bed
doing homework can be kept track of on a free chore chart or on printable homework charts
- picking up toys
- doing dishes
- taking out garbage
- practicing piano/dance/taekwondo/basketball/soccer/etc.
- sweeping floors
- folding clothes
- making a family meal
- caring for pets
Printable chore charts would make keeping track of these chores easier for both you and your child.
Print this Blank Kids Chore Chart or
Family Chore Game or Printed Kids Chore Chart (Requires a PDF file reader such
as Adobe Acrobat Reader).
More chores for kids chart ideas...
(For more parenting information, see my "10 Parenting Tips" article.)
- random acts of kindness
- getting to bed on time
- no fussing
- cooperating cheerfully
- helping a sibling
- weeding the garden
- and many, many more
Some things to remember about chores for kids chart ideas.
Not all kids can do all chores. Preschoolers can do a lot, but
not as much or as difficult of chores as elementary age kids. Tweens
can handle much more responsibility and teens should be learning all
aspects of how to run a household.
- Be age appropriate when using printable chore charts.
Train on how you want your chores done; in fact, do the chores alongside your kids
for the first few times, at least. Use all appropriate safety equipment
and make it a requirement that your kids use said safety equipment.
Don't let small children use toxic cleaners. Train older children in
the proper use of all equipment, such as kitchen appliances or lawn
equipment. For more details, see my chore charts article.
Kids need the right amount of chores at the right stages of their
lives. They need to learn responsibility, but remember, you are not
getting a slave out of the deal!
- Don't overload or underload on your chore charts.
When kids are in school, chores need to be balanced with schoolwork. On the other hand, no chores for kids is not a good thing.
Requiring no chores from your kids is a good way to teach them that
life exists to serve them, in which case they will have a rude
awakening when they hit adulthood.
Done firmly and reasonably, using chore charts with kids can be a powerful way
to teach them responsibility, self-confidence and let them know what
it's like to be needed in a family. And we all need to be needed.
The chores you put on a kid's chart do not have to be traditional
chores. Think of the behavior traits you'd like to encourage. Sports
and music activities your child is learning need to be practiced every
day. Unfinished homework projects that need to be tracked. We've used a
reading chart with success in our home; tracking daily reading over a
month's time and working towards a fun goal.
- Think out of the box when using a mothering tool like a behavior or chore chart.
The possibilities are truly endless. Using a chores for kids chart, you
can guide your child in a consistent and effective manner without
nagging or stress. Take a look around this website for more chore chart
ideas. You can find printable behavior charts, printable homework
charts, and family chore charts, as well as preschool printable
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