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Friday, March 12, 2010

Chore Chart

I had been trying to figure out a way to get K excited, or at least willing to do certain chores because, frankly I was tired of constantly picking up his shoes or toys. I feel like he is definitely ready for a certain level of responsibility and since I introduced this chore chart, he has embraced his new responsibilities!
I chose some chores that he is already good at, like brushing his teeth and putting dirty clothes in the laundry basket so he would feel encouraged and know that this was something he could do.

I found a blank calendar page and pasted pictures from clip art next to each row. The chores he has are to make his bed, put shoes away, put dishes in the sink, put dirty clothes away, put toys away, and brush his teeth. Each night we sit down together and he puts stickers next to the chores he has done that day.
Since we started the chore chart, I've noticed that his toys don't get dumped out nearly as much, and most of the time he does his chores while exclaiming what a good mommy's helper he is :) I don't get nearly as frustrated at him either.

Another plus is that he is learning about charts, and improving coordination, as you can see by how much better his stickers are placed on the last day as compared to the first.

I know some parents don't like giving their kids chores, per se, but I feel that a sense of responsibility, and the ability to contribute to our home will give K a healthy self esteem, and will prepare him for greater responsibilities later in life.

PS the awesome Dora stickers were from the free Pampers potty training kit

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