I have tried so many different chore ideas, and they all work for a bit and then, whamo, we are right back where we began. It drives me bonkers, it makes me mad, it creates a terrible non peaceful environment that will literally push me so close to the edge of insanity. However, as with much of our life, I have to adapt and change how we do things, and chore lists and charts are not any different.
I have been color coding our children for some time. Well, now I have set out 31 days of color coded charts. This means there are 3 charts with 31 days, and chores listed by color for each day on each chart. Each color represents a different child.
We have a chart for:
- Animal Care
On each day of the chart I have made a list of the chores that need to be done, each day is just 1-31, so this rotates monthly. After I printed the charts, I then highlighted each chore with and assigned the different colors to different children. The charts are posted on our refrigerator door.
We have been using these charts since the beginning of March. They have worked most of the time, but if a child is out helping dad, the chores tend to become mine, or I reassign them. These charts are laminated, so when a change is needs, I use a wet erase marker to add a star next to the lucky child who gets to help pick up the missing child’s chores, which are split between 3-5 other children and myself.
The benefit of this system, is there is no question whose day it is to do what, at least when it comes to daily chores. Many of the chores listed are done several times a day. At this time, I haven’t been using a check off system other than me going through the house and making sure things are done each day.
As my family has grown, gotten older and our lives have gotten busier with me working a bit, I have had to create something that even my husband can pick up and learn easily, even if I am away from home for a few days. He used this chart while I was at the Teach Them Diligently Convention.
Teach a good work ethic in your children from an early age is going to benefit them for a life time.
Proverbs 10:4 (NASB)
Poor is he who works with a negligent hand, But the hand of the diligent makes rich