Wednesday, July 1, 2009

Chore Charts!

I decided to get with the program and get some free labor out of my children. My mom did something similar for my brother and I one summer so I made a modified version to help get my boys to not only do some chores around the house, but earn a few fun rewards by doing so.
This is the chart. I kept it short and sweet. They earn points. Workbook pages - 1 point per page. Make your bed, you earn a point. Reading - 1 point for every 15 minutes. Do a service (like pick up Lauren's toys for her, make mom and dad's bed, etc. - earn a point!) At the end of every day I take the boys aside individually (since I don't want this to be competitive between them) and we talk about what they did that day to earn points.

Bad behavior = lose points. Mom and dad can offer extra points. Like when Graham wasn't too thrilled to follow the swim instructors directions, I told him on the next lesson, if he did everything she asked and happily, he would get 5 points. Worked like a charm.
This is what they can earn. They can work towards something and save their points or they can used them up on things along the way. Right now Graham is DYING to have the new Optimus Prime Transformer. (Are you so impressed that I even know what that is?)

He's 1/2 way to earning it and I haven't had to pay up on anything yet!

Did I mention I have the boys racing to make my bed every morning? Oh yeah....

9 comments:

Jo said...

When mine were younger I to did the chore charts ~ now that I think of it, I should go back to it now that they are teens! :)

Jo

Susie from Bienvenue said...

I love that chart! I need that chart! I only wish I could get teenagers to do it..hehe. Not that easy...That is too funny y'all made the same thing. Sweet!

Allison said...

LOVE this idea. I'm going to copy you. I make my kids do it anyway. It'd be nice to get them to do it without nagging. I feel like I'm always nagging. Either them or Chad. OY!

Kristen said...

Love It!!! I am going to improve what I am doing by copying yours! Great job Kristen!

Kristen said...

Allison, that is how I felt, and everything they are earning are things I would've done for or with them anyhow. It's good for them to see a reward for doing good things!

kjtroxel said...

I LOVE it and I am going to copy you :)
I think I'll add the free splash park as a reward :)
I need a tutorial on how to make it...yes I am that lame!

Chris said...

You are brilliant. I've been doing a system, where they earn a dollar a day for doing their chores, but I think it needs to be tweaked. I'm off to study yours. I'ts a little complex for this simple brain of mine, so I want to make sure I understand it! ;-) If I do...I LOVE it.

Kari said...

I think I need to make a chore chart for myself. Just think of the rewards I could earn...Iceberg shake for every 5 points, $10 gift card to Target for every 10 points, pedicure for every 20 points...I'm liking this! Once I get my chart done maybe I'll do one for the kids!! Really cute idea!

klawellin said...

BRILLIANT!!! I am printing up the idea RIGHT NOW!!! I have been looking to do something like this...but wasn't sure how.

THANKS for the post!!!!

I am a new follower! ; )

Kimberly