For some reason, we never really started chore charts. I stand corrected: we started them, but never kept up with them. If you remember from a few posts ago (read about Moose here), we introduced a new family member who needed a home: Moose the kitten. Well, I’m pretty sure our youngest child decided she wanted to play with Moose later, so she put him in a drawer and closed it. It’s hard enough keeping the kids fed, healthy and relatively happy while working from home. But to worry about the pets, too? Poor Moose was in there for far too long before we realized he was “missing.” Apparently, this was the swift kick in the butt we needed.
Introducing: The Chore Chart. Our family members (grandparents) weren’t too happy with this form of punishment – all three of our kids knew where Moose was and what had happened to him, so naturally, all three were in trouble. Sure, we could have put them in time out, or taken something precious away because we were so mad. And they did, in fact, have to go to bed early and all that jazz. Mainly because we needed time to cool off after such a heinous family crime. Then, I decided a chore chart was in order. Why give the children more responsibility when they obviously can’t handle what they have now? Because they need to learn somehow. My sister who is a darn good teacher agreed, so I figured I was on the right track. To emphasize the pet-care aspect, each child has to check on the pets at one point or another during the day and the older ones get to help feed/potty/etc. We will not let Moose get locked in a drawer again. He probably didn’t want to play later anyways.
To create effective chore charts, I decided I needed something the kids couldn’t erase, but we could check off daily. I don’t have a printer, so I couldn’t use clipboards with a gazillion copies on it. I also didn’t really want to use a white board, because of the easily erasable factor. Instead, I used cheap, floating photo frames that cost me $1.68 each, a few sheets of paper and some expo markers. Voila! The chore chart.
This is great because it has all the things I needed in a chore chart. And, should I happen to get sheets printed, I can just replace the ones I wrote by hand. When we introduced these to the kids the next morning, our son immediately tried to wipe off the words. To which I replied: Mwahahahaha…. Momma Bear is smarter than that, son. Nice try!
Until next time: Keep on keepin’ on!
What tricks do you have up your sleeve?