Super cute chore charts that may actually help them clean

In related news, I found on Babble this slideshow of super cute and effective chore charts. I have not been this creative with their chore charts but maybe I should be.

I liked the daily job zones and the round and round. I also liked the moving the pictures of the chores over from one side to the other when you are done.

Although my kids would probably respond well to digital.

Maybe giving them different chores each day instead of the same ones would make it more interesting. Or does it make it more confusing?

Which charts did you like? What do you use? Post it on our Facebook page if you have a good one so we  can steal it!

16 comments Add your comment

Kat

September 19th, 2012
12:20 pm

I love the “Mary Poppins” idea – for every job that must be done, there is an element of fun. I don’t agree with the sentiment, but it’s a cute chore chart.

Me

September 19th, 2012
1:18 pm

Ehhh…another way to extract money from parents. A plain sheet of paper and a pen can do. It “may help kids clean?” If you parent your child and enforce the rules, you child will do chores regardless of the chart/ or chart type. On the other hand, sure, nice things bring satisfaction. Having a 50K car to drive to the first day of a job is very satisfactory. But seriously, do i want to raise my kids this way? They have a priviledge of having toys, nice rooms, great food. If they start not appreciating things, i have no problem in giving away all the toys or downsizing their room just to a mattress and a desk or not serving dinner if the dishes are dirty. I did have to take away toys once and they learned their lesson. But this is my parenting phylosophy. I am not going to pay $20 so my kids can “enjoy” doing chores. What is next? Buy something for $$$, so they can “enjoy” going to school?

Theresa Walsh Giarrusso

September 19th, 2012
1:38 pm

Me — that’s why I liked the paper plate one. no money there.

I guess I watch too many Simpsons. I immediately thought of Sherri Bobbins instead of Mary Poppins.

Techmom

September 19th, 2012
1:50 pm

Cute charts but with only 1 child, we’ve never really found the need for one.

@Me – I’ve never been a fan of paying for chores but do believe kids need to learn both household and fiscal responsibility. It didn’t make sense to me to pay my kid an allowance for simply being a member of my household but after reading an article about teaching kids fiscal responsibility, we started giving him allowance which is NOT tied to chores. He has to do certain chores around the house which are tied to other rewards/punishments but not tied to allowance but the bottom line is that the chores are not optional.

I never carry cash regularly so we setup a checking account for him and he gets an automatic deposit each week (doesn’t work so well for little kids but works great for teenagers). I do not pay for any entertainment, meals out, fun stuff, etc. unless we do it as a family.

FCM

September 19th, 2012
2:21 pm

TWG NOTHING makes chores more interesting. You can whistle while you work (Snow White), daydream as you scrub the floor (Cinderella), get vermin to help (Enchanted), get everyone invloved (Barney), or you can fuss (my Mom). It makes no difference they are still chores, they must be done, they are not fun or they would get done without asking (when is the last time you asked the girls to play barbie and they fussed? OR Walsh to do a video game?).

Here is the deal. THEY LIVE THERE. As part of a functioning family they have to do things. I read the fine print of my Mommy Contract it did not say I became their cleaning slave. It did say I have to provide a clothes, food, shelter, love and attention. I provide clothes AND a machine to wash them…they can provide the power to put them in the drawer/closet folded up. I provide food, they can set the table/empty the dishwasher. They can sweep the floor.

Because you see if they don’t I do not have to keep the tv connected to the cable company. I do not have to drive them to a friends birthday party. I do not have pay for their cell phones.

They want the fun “perks” of being in my home as part of my family they have to do the other stuff too!

(Or did you ENJOY cleaning for all those hours while they had fun?)

Techmom

September 19th, 2012
2:44 pm

To TWG’s defense, even though my son does chores, there are certain things that I still end up doing myself: sorting the mail, filing bills, scrubbing tile/grout, wiping down cabinets, dusting ceiling fans, cleaning MY room, etc. With 3 kids I’m sure it was more efficient for her to tackle those kinds of things while her husband kept the kids busy and outside and then they came in and helped with the stuff they could do. Seems like a good plan to me.

K's Mom

September 19th, 2012
3:50 pm

We are not to allowances or chores quite yet, although K enjoys helping me clean out the dishwasher. But I have a question about allowance not being tied to chores. I always got allowance as an all or nothing proposition. I had to do my chores, make decent grades and behave. If any or all were not done or done improperly….all of the allowance was gone. That worked for us and that is how I plan to do it with our kids, but I keep hearing allowance should in no way be tied to chores. Why is that? Techmom and FCM, you guys seem to parent the way I was raised and the way I intend to parent, so I just wonder where this shift came.

My big beef is kids being paid for making good grades. When my two get to school they had better perform to the highest of their capability or there will be no privileges. Their privileges and room and board are payment for doing simply what is expected.

FCM

September 19th, 2012
4:06 pm

Dr Lehman (Have a new kid by Friday) is probably a big influence on not tying money to chores. He says you give the kid the money for being in the family then if you fail to do the chore and someone else (Mom, sibiling, whomever) does it the person who failed to do the chores pays the one who did it.

I did a modified version. Certain chores (mowing the lawn) get paid b/c I would pay a lawn crew to cut the lawn. Other chores (dishes, sweeping) are expected. Certainly fiscal responsibility plays a role too. It is amazing when they say I want, can I have….and you say I just handed you $10 allowence (I always make that right before we do errands) so is it in your budget? Amazing how many times the item get put up. Although last week they thought they had a loop hole. They combined money and were getting an animal…UH NO! Live animals, piercings and some other things still come under MOM RULE.

Tech mom….I agree that I can get at least 2 and probably 3 times more done if I do it instead of my kids. However it doesn’t teach them anything. My point to TWG was to say she herself hates chores, and she did sort of seem to be playing Mom Martyr Card. I actually have one right now that is having a fit b/c I took the cables to the TV out b/c she is not doing her work due to distractions….her work right now includes some school work since she missed a class due to a dr appt

Techmom

September 19th, 2012
4:18 pm

K’s Mom – I wish I could find the article that made me shift my thinking about allowance. I did find this website with some interesting clips about teaching financial responsibility. I think it’s great that you’re thinking about these kinds of parenting issues before you have to deal with them.
http://www.monkeysee.com/play/6958-should-allowances-be-tied-to-chores.

I also liked the clip about paying for grades. I refuse to bribe my son for good grades! And she talks about what “financial jobs” you should make your kids responsible for with their allowance. I liked the example that her kids had to buy their own snacks at the movie theater. She paid for the movie but if they wanted a treat, they had to pay for it. Simple enough for even a young child to grasp.

One of the other things I will say is that even if they get their allowance, it doesn’t mean they’re allowed to spend it right away if they’ve gotten in trouble for other things. Example: just because my son has the money to go to the movies, doesn’t mean I let him go if his grades are disappointing or he’s been disrespectful OR not done his chores. And while we don’t give him chores as punishment, we certainly will find projects that need to be done that are used as a punishment or that he can earn extra money if he does.

Denise

September 19th, 2012
4:29 pm

Techmom – my friend has a good “punishment” for her daughter…math problems. She mainly uses this when her daughter breaks something or misuses something that costs money. For example, daughter breaks a $10 candle. She has to do math problems to pay off the $10 (she does not get an allowance). Each problem is 5 cents so she does 200 problems to “pay” her debt. The fact that she is doing MATH is not the issue because she likes the subject; it’s the quantity of problems. And no, her mom does not make the problems up herself. She prints from a website. If she had to come up with 200 problems SHE would be getting punished too.

K's Mom

September 19th, 2012
4:33 pm

Thanks for the info. I will look at it. I read a lot of John Rosemond and he says not to tie allowance to chores too, but I cannot remember why. I will have to re-read some of his stuff. I like making them buy their own treats at the movies, that is a great idea.

I guess I think ahead too much with these kids, I just want to be prepared for the hard stuff. Some would say a 2yo and an infant are hard, but I think once they have a will of their own plus the ability to reason it is a whole new ball game so I try to think a little bit ahead.

Yesterday K poured a bowl of popcorn on the floor and porceeded to play in it while I went to get the broom. At 2, he could not clean it up well, but I made him help me pick up the large pieces and he went straight up for his nap. I know that I sometimes fall into the trap of “I do a better job,” but I am bound and determined that when they make a mess on purpose they will at least help me clean it up to the best of their ability.

Techmom

September 19th, 2012
5:07 pm

K’s Mom – I think it’s great that you’re thinking ahead. I did not come from a family who was consistent with anything: chores, money, punishment or otherwise. I know that as a parent you will sometimes change your mind when the time comes but certainly to have even considered options and alternatives ahead of time can only help you be a better parent.

@Denise – I think different punishments work well for different kids. I would have been thrilled if math problems was my punishment as a kid (I loved math and was on the math team in middle and high school)! My son is very socially driven so not allowing him to go anywhere with his friends, stay after school to watch a game, or restricting his access to his cell phone are the hardest hitters for him… but he’s 17 so those were not viable punishments when he was younger but sure do work great now. The hardest age for us in find relevant punishments were middle school. He didn’t have the same freedoms he does now so we couldn’t take those away and he has never been into video games or tv. It’s hard to enforce a punishment of not being allowed to go outside and ride your bike when that’s what you want them to do! We usually would resort to reading a book and writing a report (gasp!)

Bill at FamZoo

September 19th, 2012
7:37 pm

We have a collection of creative chore charts on Pinterest that folks might like to browse. It’s our most popular board and currently has 61 different ideas. See http://pinterest.com/famzoo/creative-chore-charts/

Judging by the comments, folks might enjoy our FamZoo Facebook page too. We’re constantly discussing the latest tips, opinions, pros/cons, articles, research, etc related to allowance, chores, generally helping parents teach kids good money habits.

Denise

September 19th, 2012
9:34 pm

Techmom – I was on the math team too. I LOVED math but 200 problems would not have pleased me :-) She is also 7 or so, so just calling something punishment is the first step to making it hurt. LOL! Being sent to my room was a TREAT so that would have not have worked as a punishment. In other words, I’m agreeing that each child is different and requires different forms of punishment and reward.

As for chores, I hate (present tense) to clean so I pay someone to clean when I can’t take it anymore. I do well for a few weeks after the cleaning but then it goes to Hades. And I get overwhelmed…and have to call again. We didn’t have “chores” growing up. We just did what we were told. Most things were random in our house. Nothing was consistent – NOTHING – so I cannot imagine what it looks like to have anything steady.

FCM

September 20th, 2012
8:47 am

@ K’s Mom….You did the right thing with the popcorn. Mine, as toddlers, would spill their drink (usually water) and I would hand them a paper towel and say clean it up. Today (10 & 12) it doesn’t matter who spills something, one of them runs for the towels and they both clean it up.

Another one I did when they were 2, was hand them a towel (dish or hand) or a wash cloth while I folded laudry. Didn’t matter if I was not folding towels, I would grab one from the linen closest and toss it on top of the basket if I had too. I said this is yours to fold. You tell them good job when they are done and b/c they like the praise mine would unfold it and fold it again. When I got to my last item I would say OH LOOK the basket is done! Then let them put their folded towel in the closet and help me put up all the stuff I had folded.

Same with dusting. I would hand them and dust towel and they polished the coffee table or something while I did the other parts of the room. Sometimes at folding they would get tired of folding and go wipe my coffee table down…lol. I had the most dust free table in the neighborhood I bet!

Of course they helped me pick up toys and trash (paper) and stuff too.

I will say with to pre-teens in the house, their rooms are often in need of a good dusting or vac. Usually find some discarded clothes (sometimes clean rejects of the day!!!) on the floor too. So all the ealry training may not prevent that.

Me

September 20th, 2012
10:00 am

Who is the “Me” imposter above?? Why can this rag not have true screen names that are tied to a real email address? If the fake “me” above knew the real “me” they wouldn’t want to be posing as such!! :)