Today is the first day back to school after Fall break for Lucas. So now is the time to implement his new chore system. We’ve tried a few methods before; a star chart app on my phone, a paper chart on the fridge, and a dry erase chart near his desk. None of our previous chore methods have worked, probably because we didn’t stick to them.
Today is the day for change though, because now that we’ve got a new puppy and Lucas has more responsibilities as far as school is concerned, we need to implement a consistent chore method. While thinking of a new way to encourage Lucas to consistently help out I stumbled upon this pin. I thought it was cute and knew I had similar supplies on hand to make one of my own.
Ta-da! I think it turned out fun. Lucas really likes it. I started making it and then had to set it aside for a few days (see why here). Lucas kept asking me to finish his “cool chore thing”. So, here it is!
Considering that Lucas is only 5 I tried to keep the chores simple and go with tasks he already completes but that I’d like him to start doing more independently and with less “nagging” from Nathan and I.
2 of the chores he needs to complete each morning: get dressed and make the bed. The other 3 chores he will complete each evening. Eventually I’d like to implement an allowance element to this; maybe feeding the dogs is a money earning task as well as new chores like vacuuming or taking out the trash. Lucas would be able to select from a few paying jobs to complete. The fundamentals are unpaid and I want them to be a habit; we are all part of one family and we work together to be responsible members. As he grows there will be more “fundamentals” added, but for now I think this list is a good balance.
As he completes each task and drops a clothes pin into the jar I wanted him to be reminded that we need to work together with servants hearts. As a family, we each have responsibilities and we need to complete them with a good attitude. I did a Google search for chore related Bible verses and liked the idea of using Colossians 3:23 the best. I know I need the reminder that I’m serving my family by finishing my work with a good attitude, but ultimately I’m serving the Lord.
Feel free to use the free printable above to make your own chore chart! If you make one, send me a picture, I’d love to see your take on the project!
What chore/allowance system do you use with your children? What is the best way you have found to inspire them to be independent in this area?