I’m a strong believer in teaching my children responsibility from an early age. The sooner you begin, the more ingrained becomes the idea that responsibility is something that should come naturally, not something that is forced. You can easily start with little things like making the bed and make the jobs bigger as they age.
Keeping a chore chart is a great way for both you and them to keep track of their jobs. And it gives them a great sense of accomplishment when it’s filled!
A weekly chore chart is a simple way to help your child keep track of their responsibilities. I have a super simple system to get you both started in fun bright colors to stimulate your child.
You will need the following FREE printable files:
Chore Chart and OL267KW plain white cardstock
Chore Jar Labels and OL894 labels in standard white matte
Daily/Weekly Chores and OL244KW business cards
You will also need OL263 mini star labels in gold foil.
1. Come up with daily and weekly chores for your child to keep up with. Record them on the daily/weekly printable cards.
2. Place the cards in a jar or cup and label the container with an oval label. Since I have two little ones (ages 4 and 7), I keep 2 jars, one for each child. Because of their age difference, their chore responsibilities vary slightly.
3. Allow your child to select their chores for the coming week. You may want to rotate weekly chores or swap some daily chores each week if you have more than one child.
4. Record the jobs on the chore chart. I kept to the color code while writing the chores. It’s just another way to help your child remember which chores are expected to be done daily and which ones weekly.
As your child completes a job, allow them to place a gold star on the chart to mark off as completed. I have yet to meet a child that doesn’t love stickers or one that doesn’t love to say they have finished something asked of them! Easy daily jobs for young children are:
- Cleaning their rooms
- Retrieving the mail
- Feeding the family pet
You can even include things they would do normally such as:
- Making their beds
- Brushing their teeth
Anything that is already expected of them would be a great way to start a chore chart with your child. It will give them a great sense of accomplishment to check off jobs they already do!
Not only will you get a little help around the house, but your little ones will learn a bit about responsibility, and hopefully feel great about themselves in the process!