Are you tired of talking about chores yet? I promise, we’re almost done with this topic.
For many years, my kids have used what we call a “Morning List.”
Right after breakfast, they are sent to do the chores on the Morning List. Each kid’s list is tailored to his age and responsibilities. It should take about 10 minutes and it covers things like:
- making the bed
- brushing teeth and getting dressed
- cleaning a sink or a toilet
- tidying up a room
- feeding the cat and the gecko
- taking out the trash
- putting away laundry
If we don’t get to any other chores for the entire day, we know that at least the basics have been covered.
I love that I can say “Do your Morning List,” and everyone knows exactly what I mean. Our expectations are clear. Each boy has a mini clipboard with his list clipped to it.
Having written chore lists is useful for the boys and for me because:
- Everyone knows what needs to be done. There is no “You didn’t tell me to do that!”
- The boys can check off their jobs with a dry erase marker to keep track.
- A visual is much easier to follow than trying to remember 10 different things to do.
- I can quickly check their work using their lists.
Since the boys have had basically the same Morning Lists for several years, they are (usually) very efficient at doing them.
A Pinterest Chore Chart Round-up
Our lists aren’t fancy or creative, but they do the job. However, there are so many ideas out there that are much more attractive. I’ve collected a bunch of my favorites on Pinterest. Some of the pins are shown below. Be ready to be inspired!
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View all the Chore Charts I’ve pinned.
With all this pinspiration, even the most un-crafty mom (that’s me!) could create something fun to assign chores. Maybe it’s time to re-do our morning lists.
[This post is part of the How to Teach Your Kids to Do Chores series.]