Chore Charts – Good or Bad?
If you’re thinking about making a chore chart for your child, here is some important info you need to know BEFORE you start.
One of the newest methods of getting the kids to help out around the house – with the least amount of effort on the part of you as the parent – is to set up a chore chart.
There’s a wide variety of DIY chore charts and designs to choose from and each depends on a particular family’s preferences and needs.
But… Do Chore Charts Really WORK?
The bottom line verdict from most parents is that chore charts DO work – and they work really well… when you, the parent, use them properly.
Best of all, chore charts help relieve the endless task (ie, “nagging”) of having to constantly remind your kids to do their chores.
If your kids are involved in the chore chart creation process, and are also allowed to manage their individual tasks and check each off as its completed, it not only provides that household assistance you’re after, but also motivates the kids and encourages them, too.
Children get a real sense of pride and satisfaction once their chores are done and they can visually see the results of their efforts being tracked on the chart.
How Should You Reward Kids For Chores Done?
The reward aspect of completing chores on their chore charts can be applied in different ways.
Parents can set up a ‘points’ system that provides a certain number for each chore – the more effort the chore entails, the more points received for it.
Once the week or month ends, depending on your preference, and all of the chores have been completed to your satisfaction, you and the kids can add up their total points and then determine what the return will be – a new toy, a unplanned trip to the arcade – things along those lines work well depending on their age.
Keep in mind that points should also be deducted, not just added.
If one or more of your child’s chores are not performed to your liking, no points should be given until the task is correctly completed.
You can also deduct points and not re-incorporate those losses back into your child’s total as a method of teaching them the concept of ‘doing it right the first time’.
Of course, some tasks may not be as familiar to your kids as others, so base point deductions on that concept as well.
But if the chore is something they can easily accomplish and have done so before on a regular basis and just ‘slacked’ on it a bit this time, then that’s an instance where you’d want to deduct points without allowing the kids to regain that reward until the following week if and when the chore is then satisfactorily performed.
Is MONEY a Good Reward For Doing Chores?
Needless to say ‘money talks’, and when it comes to kids – it’s speaks quite LOUDLY.
Allowances are a good method of compensating kids for their efforts, if those efforts result in a job well-done.
Don’t just hand over money for the sake of it because all of their friends are getting an allowance and you feel guilty.
You’ll be helping your children much more by utilizing the positive reinforcement of compensating them only when and if they hold up their end of the household bargain(s).
Providing them with monetary compensation for satisfactorily completing their chores will also instill a good work ethic in them no matter how young they are.
You can incorporate their allowances onto a chore chart by creating blocks next to each task that show how much they’ve earned when each is completed. This way, it not only motivates them to ‘earn their keep’, but provides them with the anticipation of pride that they’ll experience once they’ve been paid for their ‘hard’ work.
YES, chore charts DO work!
Make sure your chore system for your child is set up clearly from the start AND is age-appropriate.
Consistency is key. Children love, and thrive, on consistency and routine, so don’t change up the chore “rules” unless you truly feel the chore system is too difficult for their age.