Although this blog is mainly about avoiding fake, processed foods my life doesn’t stop there.
I am still a Mom with a house to keep (somewhat) clean and kids to raise. Our goal is for them to make healthy choices while eating but to grow up to be responsible adults as well. That starts with…
My kids are 9 and 10 and we have gone through our fair share of “Chore Charts” through the years. What I have found happens is we start out like gangbusters and then within a few weeks the novelty wears off, I stop “reminding” them and it eventually stops working. Happen to you too? Well, I found this system by a fellow blogger named Carmona at Homemade By Carmona and I loved it so much I wanted to share it with you as well. We gave this chore system a try and the best part about it is the Work for Hire! More details to follow … Here’s how it works:
Personalized Chore Chart
It starts with the Weekly Personalized Chores. These are chores they have to do every day. We fill these in together. The kids ‘choose’ what chores they feel they are most able to complete independently. Allowing the kids to choose chores with you gives them more of a voice and I have found they are more successful in completing them.
These chores are the basics. They are not back breaking, strenuous or take a lot of time. They should be age appropriate and set your kids up for success. For example, taking out the garbage, making their bed, etc.
When your kids complete the basic chores they are paid a BASE salary which is at your discretion.
Work For Hire
The Work for Hire Chores are chores in which the kids earn EXTRA money doing chores that I normally would do. The rule, however, is the kids HAVE to complete their Daily Personal Chores BEFORE doing any Work for Hire. This motivates them to complete their daily chores. I like this idea.
Tips and Tricks
- One thing that happened to us right off the bat with this system was my kids rushed to get their chores done on the 1st day in order to get to the Work for Hire chores. That you would think would be a blessing, I know! But my kids compete and ended up rushing through the chores to be THE WINNER. That’s not the point. So I implemented a rule:
Only 2 Work for Hires in a day
- The amount of money for each chore depends on you and your financial situation. I don’t know about you…. but we don’t have all this extra cash laying around so my kids can gobble it up. I usually do a dollar or two for each chore. We have 2 large dogs and Doodie Duty is one of them. That one gets $4 !!! But most of them are between .50- $1.00. I think total we lay out $15 for all the chores. Some of them (like setting the table) just sit there day after day. My daughter says, “it isn’t enough money”. So not all the money gets used up each week.
- The chores go from Sunday to Sunday and any money leftover goes towards the next weeks chores.
- Put the chore charts in plain view. If you’re ok with things hanging on the fridge put it there. I chose to set this system up on the back of our door in our mudroom. The door is metal and it works perfectly with magnets.
- Don’t expect your kids to do the same quality of work you would. I chose some pretty foolproof chores so the kids couldn’t ‘fail’. It’s meant to give them some added responsibility while building self esteem. If you badger them about HOW the job was done it could be very self deflating to them.
UPDATE ~ August 2015:
I am so happy to say that our Work for Hire Chore Chart system has gone viral with over 100,000 pins, shares and likes on social media!
You can now download the Work for Hire Chart and implement it today in your own house! It’s been revised, enhanced and even is broken down by age group!
I really enjoy using this system, even as my kids get older, and I think you will too. Please let me know your thoughts and comments!
Also included is our Daily Chore Chart for FREE!