Odd as it may be, my kids actually look forward to their summer chore charts.
I ease up on them during the school year, but in the summer when they're home all day, their charts give them structure and responsibility.
Last year, I let them each make their own charts each week, but this morning I decided I was going to make a master chart and later on they can make their own if they choose.
However, I didn't have any index cards, copy paper, or posterboard. Hmmmmm....what to do?
I was sitting at the kitchen table and had an idea.
Using a dry erase marker and ruler, I wrote the chart directly on the fridge--one of the perks of NOT having stainless steel appliances! (Here is a link to an older post I wrote about Refrigerator Art. It's a great idea for younger kids, but make sure to test a small area first, and make doubly sure that you give them a dry-erase marker instead of a permanent one!)
I love how it turned out and I love that it's highly visible!
Each of my three have 4 things they must do each and every day, including weekends.
1. Get dressed (clothes, brush hair, brush teeth)
2. Make their bed
3. Straighten their room
4. Read for one hour--which may seem like a lot, but my kids love to read!
After they complete these tasks, they'll put their initial in the box.
They also have different daily things they're responsible for (and I usually let them have the weekends off):
Feed/water the dog
Help with laundry (take basket downstairs daily and sort)
Empty bathroom/bedroom trash cans
Wipe down bathroom counters/sink
Windex (except we use vinegar. and it stinks! and they tell me that all. the. time.)
Lunch duty (make lunch for siblings! b/c I hate making lunch)
Dinner duty (helping me set table, cook, clean up)
Mom's choice! (These aren't written down, but are chores I assign as needed or if they're whining that they're bored. Really? You're bored? Well, I certainly have a thing or two you can do.)
Most of the chores above are rotated from week to week. If Sarah has lunch duty this week, then Will gets it next week. Abbey is still learning how to do some of these things, but she learns fast from watching her siblings.
I've never paid my kids for doing chores. I've always explained to them that we're a family and each person in the family is expected to help out with things around the house.
But this year, John and I decided to pay them. They're excited about earning money for the first time and I'm hoping this keeps them motivated all summer. They usually make it through June with gusto and start steadily slacking off through July!
The perk is that if they consistently complete their chores each week, they'll get a $20 bonus right before we leave for Durango. Money is a powerful motivator for at least one of my kiddos.
I have some questions for you guys.
1. Do your children do chores? Anything not on my list that I might possibly add to their workload, er, I mean chore chart?
2. Do you pay your children to complete their chores?