Thursday, 24 April 2014

Charting "Responsibilities", Not "Chores"

I'm not sure if it is the Easter holiday and late nights that made my kids extra whiny and stubborn this week.  But after three days of having them both pretty much challenging everything I told them to do, I had had enough!  These kids need something tangible to help them remember what their responsibilities are!  I looked at probably a dozen printable chore charts online, free and otherwise, but I didn't like any of them.  They were cute and all, but I wanted to include things that aren't really "chores" per se.  I wouldn't call practicing piano or getting dressed or brushing teeth chores.  They're responsibilities.  And my kids were fighting me on them.

So last night I stayed up late and made my own charts.  I created the header-type images in Picasa and Picmonkey, then created the tables in Microsoft Word, just using one of their themes.  I wanted quick and easy (And pretty. Of course).

And then I put my washi tape collection to good use to stick them on the fridge.  I also wrote up their morning and bedtime routines (which they already know, but I'm hoping to prevent arguments by being able to refer them to the sheet).  I know my 4-year-old can't read, but he seemed to like the idea just as much as his sister did, making his own careful check marks.

So far, this morning went so smoothly!  I congratulated my son on getting dressed without a) taking an hour, and b) whining about it.  And he said it should be on his list to check off.  So we added it.

I only included the kids' current responsibilities.  They don't have any jobs you might call chores yet.  I want to start where they're at.

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