How to Organize a Chore Schedule
If you have multiple kids, keeping the chores organized and in order is a must. Chores won’t be completed without a little organization and direction. Here are a few tips to help you create a schedule that works.
Divide Chores by Ages
Not all chores are equal and able to completed by every kid. Figure out what chores can be completed by what kids before you start assigning thing. The older kids can take on more tasks and responsibilities than the younger kids, but it’s important for the younger ones to start to learn the harder chores.
Assign more difficult and complex chores to the older kids, but on specific days of the week, you may assign a younger child to help an older one. This allows the younger one to start to learn the harder chores and gives the older one the role of mentor.
Don’t Assign the Same Chores Every Day
You will hear grumbling if you assign the same chores to the same kids every single day. Mix it up a little. For example, on Monday, Wednesday, and Friday, Johnny can clean the bathroom. Susie can do it on Tuesday and Thursday, while Billy can do it on Saturdays.
Create a List
Don’t expect the kids to remember every chore every day. Create a chore list that specifies what each child should do on specific days. You may choose to create a master list for each day of the week that has a list of each chore and the name of the kid assigned to it on the day they are assigned, or you can create a list for each child.
A list for each child can simply have their assigned chores marked on the day they are assigned. For example, this list would have the days of the week across the top and the list of chores along the side from top to bottom. Use crayons or markers to mark each child’s chore on a specific day on their list. They can consult their own list each day to make sure their chores are completed.
Require Chores at Specific times
Choose when you want chores to be completed. Some things may be necessary for specific times, but otherwise you may choose when you want the kids to do their chores. You may require some chores to be completed in the mornings while some may need to wait until evenings. Regardless, it’s important to set routines and stick to them. You may choose to require that kids complete their chores before they play or watch television.
Chores are an important assignment for kids. Teaching your children to help around the house and take part in running the household is something that will help them be productive adults later on. Start early with chores and you can help instill the importance of work and pitching in to help the family.
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