I think it’s fair to say that most parents would agree that having children be involved with the household chores is an important contribution to make. Not only does it allow for our kids to learn the responsibilities involved in running a household, it allows them to contribute to their fair share of the household chores. It also teaches them the importance of managing their own responsibilities which will hold them in good stead throughout their lives (not to mention the help it gives you! :))…..This is where many parents would be saying “I agree, but how do I make my kids help with the chores!” This is where using chore charts for kids can be useful.
Why use chore charts for kids?
- Chore charts can help kids organize our kids duties and responsibilities.
- A chore chart is a great visual guide for what needs to be carried out.
- Your child can follow along with the requirements of what’s set out on the chore chart, rather than constantly seeking out your instruction.
- It can be a creative and engaging way to motivate your children.
- A strategically placed chore chart can act as a helpful “reminder” for our kids.
- A chores chart can be a useful tool in providing structure and order.
Sometimes starting with chore charts for kids can be challenging. Many kids will refuse to “tow the line” so to speak, and will disregard the charts. In fact often this may be the first reaction when you introduce a chore chart. The truth is that any behavior change or introducing an added responsibility can be challenging for many children. This is where it’s most important for you to be positive and consistent, and to acknowledge that if your kid’s aren’t on board with using the chore charts, then the chore charts are doomed to failure.
As with using reward charts for children, involve your kid’s in the entire process of setting up a chore chart, from brainstorming what chores will be “theirs”, to filling out and maintaining the chore chart, to what will be on offer as rewards for your kids if they stick to their responsibilities. Or if you don’t agree with rewarding kid’s for doing expected household chores, that fine too. Many parents find that offering their support and encouragement can also be a strong motivator, especially for younger children.
When introducing chore charts for kids, seeking out your child’s help and participation can create a strong desire for them to be involved with using the chore chart.