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Blank Chore Charts for Kids
Why would anyone be interested in blank chore charts? Perhaps you have previously had money in the budget for household help and changes in finances necessitate a change. Perhaps your children are of an age where they could and should be contributing to the upkeep of the house and you are having trouble keeping track of who was supposed to take out the trash. Whatever the reason, free kid’s chore charts are a big help to a busy mom.
You can create you own easily with any spreadsheet program but there are so many available that just require a click of the mouse to print out that you might as well enjoy the fruit of someone else’s labor.
Tips for Using Kids Chore Charts
There are a number of ways to use the chore chart. Some are designed to be used one per child while others are created to schedule several children. Some list the chores and require the parent to put a sticker in a space for each chore that is successfully completed. Others just have blank areas where different chores can be written down.
Which type you choose will depend on the needs of your family. Some things to consider are:
- Age of the children-very young children, and those up to about age 6 or so, do best with an individual chart and sticker method. Generally you will give a treat for a completely filled chore chart. That reward could be a privilege, money, or other items.
- Reading ability- some chore charts have pictures rather than words. These are perfect for non-readers.
- Number of children- If you have several children doing chores you will want to decide whether you want to assign chores on a daily, weekly, or monthly basis.
- You can also laminate your chore chart so that you can write what you want on it and then clean it off for using over and over again.
- Websites often disappear overnight so keep a master copy or two of each chore chart that you like. This way you can ensure that you always have one to copy.
Blank Chore Charts to Print
Following are websites that offer blank chore charts to print out and use. Look at several and decide which is most helpful for your family.
- Chart Jungle outlines a particular method for doing chore charts that can be helpful for families with several children.
- PaintedGold has a number of chore charts and tips for using them.
- DLTK has chore charts that are decorated with designs like nature motifs and cartoon characters.
- Chore Charts
- Hoover Web Design
- ADHD of the Christian Kind- chore charts to help families with ADHD children.
Using the Chore Chart
Once you have a chore chart and you have decided on the chores that you will assign to your children you should go over your plans with them so they understand what is expected. Believe it or not, you can make this fun. Try not to set up a competitive situation between siblings but encourage team work. For example rather than having a prize for the child that completes the chart have an incentive for the chores all being completed.
Start slowly if your children have not had chore assignments in the past. You will probably need to work with them for a few weeks until they are confident in their own abilities and you are sure they understand what you want.
Keep the chart in an easy to remember spot, the refrigerator or a family bulletin board is ideal.It may take a few weeks, be patient and you will soon see the benefit of using chore charts with your children.