Do you feel like you’re constantly nagging your kids to get their chores done and be decent, clean humans?
Sometimes I feel like it’s not worth the hassle to bother my kid about washing their dish, or putting away their clothes, or cleaning up their toys… so I just do it myself. But I know that won’t help anyone in the long run.
My husband and I want our children to grow up knowing that they are responsible for helping at home, to feel a sense of pride because they are a contributing part of the family, and we want to help them build healthy routines and habits that will serve them for the rest of their lives.
Why Chore Charts Work
So instead of nagging them and reminding them until I just give up in defeat, I’ve decided the best way to help us reach our parenting goals is to put the responsibility and reminder in their hands, using chore charts.
As an adult, I feel a sense of satisfaction when I get to cross an item off a to-do list. It builds confidence and helps me want to do more constructive things with the rest of my day.
I believe children are the same.
Choose Which Chore Charts You Need
I created two different chore charts for children.
One for non-readers with visual reminders for each of their tasks.
And I created a chore chart for school-aged children who can read and have different times of the day they need to remember to do certain things.
Both are perfect for keeping your child on-task and helping them know what is expected of them.
Visual Chore Chart for Non-Readers
The chore chart for preschoolers and non-readers has cute visual reminders for tasks that help around the house. You can laminate the chore cards separately and use velcro or magnets to move chores from the to do side to done. My kids are excited when I put chores on their board just so they can do them and move their cute little chore card over.
Or you can use the same cards to help remind your child of all the steps involved with getting ready for school or bed with the morning/afternoon/evening chart. I love being able to say, “okay kids, it’s time for bed. Go check off your bedtime lists.” Instead of saying “It’s time for bed. Go brush your teeth, go potty and wash, brush your hair, and get in bed!” It makes it much easier on both of us.
The free download includes two sheets of task cards and two different chart backgrounds as well.
One background has two columns for “to do” and “done.” This is designed for chores that can be done any time of the day.
The other chart background has three columns for morning, afternoon, and evening. This chart was designed to help your child build routines and healthy habits.
The visual reminder cards will work for either or both of these charts, so you can mix and match for what works for you. Plus, each chart has a text-editable area for their name at the top.
This free download also comes with instructions for the best use of the chore chart so you and your child can get the most out of it.
Chore Chart for School-Aged Children
I also created a chore chart for school-aged children to help remind them of what needs to be done at different times of the day. All the text is completely editable when you download and open it with adobe reader, so you can type in exactly what they need to do and when.
Your children will feel a sense of pride and accomplishment as they check off each task.
You can make this chart re-usable by slipping it into a sheet protector or framing it behind glass and using dry-erase markers to check items off the list.
This chart can grow with your child from kindergarten to senior year; once you download and save the PDF, you can always go back and customize it as their assignments and routines change. You can even make separate lists for different days of the week.
I hope you enjoy these chore charts and that your kids are able to remember what they need to get done without constant pleadings from their parents!