One thing I love about this time of year is the opportunity it allows for our family to get into a routine. In the summer, we’re usually relaxed with the day-to-day tasks we encourage during the school year. But by the beginning of the new school year, everyone’s ready for some family structure and a system that works.
We have tried many chore charts, and I really think there are some fantastic resoures out there. We’ve tried pictures, treats, incentives, stickers…all in the name of helping my children to take responsibility for their little lives, become independent, and earn privileges. Some have worked. Others haven’t.
This system in particular though has become a favorite. I think it’s because it’s simple and focused and easy for everyone. Plus it’s tried-and-true. We did this last year in our home and I have to say, for the most part, it really worked for us.
It’s just a simple piece of paper, laminated, then with magnetic strips on the back. The only other thing you need is a dry erase marker.
It’s customizable to a degree, as you can pen in your own child’s name and the responsibilities you want him or her to do during the school week. (We have different charts for Saturday chores, and our family rests on Sunday.)
Each child is responsible for his or her own chart. Then the child is asked to “star” those tasks he or she has completed with a dry erase marker. Simple.
We hope you’ll download this template when you get the chance so you can see if it works for you. And as always, we’d love tfor you to pin this and get the word out. Also, tell us what you think!
UPDATE: I think the above link actually works now. Please leave a comment if not and I will get it sent to you. THANK YOU!