Getting your kids to do chores can be a chore itself. Constant reminders won’t work and at the end you do it yourself. Yes, I am speaking from experience!
As mentioned in previous posts, I want to get my life a little more organized and have more time to spend on fun things with the family without worrying too much about what still needs to be done at home.
Our son is 9 years old now and he never had to do any chores. He has been asking about getting his own bank account and allowance, which is great because it will safe us a lot of money!
Without having his own money, he does not have a sense of how much money something actually costs. A lot of times he is like: “Can I have this toy? It’s ONLY $50! You don’t have to spend your money you can just use the card”. Yeah, right!
So actually, giving him his allowance will save us a lot of money. I think $5 a week is a fair amount which will add up to $20 or $25 a month depending on how many weeks the month has.
He can choose whatever he wants to do with that money, but has to know once it’s gone, it’s gone and he needs to save up for bigger items.
So how do you get your kids to do chores? I suggest to combine the allowance with the chores. My mom did that for me and my three siblings.
We had to do mandatory chores that would give us our full allowance at the end of the week and she would have extra chores available that would give us additional money.
Some of us were eager to do all the chores plus the extra chores earning a good amount of money and some of us could care less if they received and allowance or not. Eventually my mom introduced allowance deductions if the mandatory chores were not completed. I am not saying names but some of us owed her money.
It’s all up to you if you want give the options of extra allowances or allowance deductions for not completed chores. I think it also depends on the age of the children and the need for their own money.
I have created this Chore Chart for my son and we will try it out next week. He is excited about it and we will see how it goes.
I might make some modifications to the chart if I think a different layout will work better.
Here’s how the chart works:
- Print one chart for each child
- Fill in the child’s name and the time period.
- On the right side fill in the weekly allowance amount e.g. $5.00
- Below fill in how much each extra chore is worth e.g. $0.50
- Now fill in the different chores you want your child to do, write the extra chores in a different color or separate them from the regular chores with a line between.
- Some chores do not need to be done daily. I have framed each cell for the day the chores need to be done.
- For each chore that the child completes tick it off with a check mark or place a fun sticker. I think the chore chart will work better if you let your child do it. They’ll be excited to see the completed chores on the chart.
- The “Allowance” column on the right side will let you add up the extra money or deductions.
I think to be successful with getting your kids to do chores, you should keep the age of the child in mind. If you have a young child and you are just starting, give them just a few simple chores. I would give them only one or two chores that need to be done daily and maybe one or two that are done once a week. Keep them short and simple.
I will post an update about our progress in a few weeks. Let me know if you have any questions or suggestions.
Free printable chore chart here: Chore Chart