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Sunday, April 26, 2009

Chore Chart

The chore chart we made for Ander is working great. It has 8 or 9 things on it each day. They are sort of divided into morning (brush teeth, brush hair, get dressed without a fight), daytime/afternoon (help with household chore on Sat & Sun, clean room on Sun, Wed, & Fri, pick up toys left in the living room on days when he doesn't clean room), goals (potty dry all day and poopy in the potty), and nighttime (brush teeth and floss). Although someday it will have consequences attached to it, right now it's just a motivational tool. He loves putting checks when he does the stuff on the chart. If we are out of the house, obviously he won't get all the checks. But so far, he is doing great getting some every single day, like brushing his teeth. On an average day, he gets 5 or 6 checks.

I'd like to incorporate a bigger reward. We are thinking about giving him "book bucks" for each check. Right now, I'm thinking he gets a nickel credit for each check mark. At 5 check marks a day, that's about a quarter a day or a dollar and a half a week. In three weeks, he could pick out an inexpensive book (and, more importantly, make a trip to the bookstore to play with the trains ). More often, and we won't have time to take him to the bookstore. Plus, it wouldn't be as big a treat. But I'm nervous that it's not often enough. He gets excited by the checks, though, and I figure he will probably be excited by the "book bucks," so the trip is just extra, right? Also, I don't want to pay him for chores (because they are just expected), so this way, he gets books instead. Once he gets an allowance, it will be tied to chores, as in if you don't do them, you don't go anywhere and don't get your allowance until they are done, but not a dollar per chore or anything like that. So, in a way, I suspect I might be setting a bad precedent. That said, i really am trying to motivate him and I think books are a great reward and something we like to get once a month or so anyway.

I probably ought to do a chore chart for me and Alan. That would motivate him! But what happens if we don't get our chores done?

Etcetera.

5 comments:

Brien said...

If the chore chart is good enough for my godson and me, it's good enough for you guys.

EBeth said...

I am very much in favor of the family chore chart. That way kids get to see what is involved in the running of a household.
I don't think an allowance should be tied to chores at all since as you point out, what happens if you and alan don't do your chores?

Instead, you could have a family fun day where you go on a fun family outing (even if it is just a picnic in the park) if the whole family gets their chores done. and if y'all are all just not up to chores that week, for family fun day you can stay home and play in the yard or watch a movie.

Also, if kid needs help completing his chores he can ask siblings and parents for help and parents can ask kids for help completing the parent chores (the age appropriate ones) since as a family you are mainting the household.

Stac Cole said...

Don't you and Alan have "allowances" too? You don't do your chores, no FUN money! haha. Didn't clean the kitchen? Skip the Starbucks (or PJ's) :)

I don't think at that young an age they can make the leap from doing chores = check mark = money, therefore doing chores = money. I think they are content enough to know that check marks = money so let me do what I have to do in order to earn check marks.

Our chore chart (that we rarely use) is color coded. Green items = money. Red items = expected daily chores. Yellow items = personal hygiene items that you have to do. so, if you earn all your red and yellow check marks, then your green ones start making money. And some chores I do consider money chores...like cutting the grass. Taking out the garbage however, is NOT a money chore. And if all your red and yellow boxes aren't checked, then you have to deduct one green box. It works when we use it, but with Keith being home doing most of the chores, it has kinda gone to the side now.

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