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Tips and List of Chores Chart for Stay at Home Moms

Updated on February 12, 2019
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Susan has three grown children and eleven grands. She has learned a lot through the messes of life. God is her anchor! He grants wisdom.

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Mom and Baby
Mom and Baby

Structure - Goals - Schedule

Stay at home moms are most often home by choice. They have made a conscious choice to raise their own children.

As noble as this aspiration sounds, the daily grind of being at home with the children may cause moms to lose focus and/or fall into boredom.

Setting up a system of organization, structure, goals, and schedules will empower mom's and give them a sense of accomplishment. It will also provide their children with a sense of security. Kids NEED structure!

Write It Down


Calendar Planning

You can Structure your personal errands, housework, activities, appointments and more with the help of a calendar.

You can make your own calendar or purchase a beautiful and useful Calendar for display. When you purchase or create your calendar make sure it has large boxes for the day so you have plenty of room to write.

To begin calendar planning

  • Write out all of the things you must do on a piece of paper.
  • Take each item and place it on your calendar for the month.
  • Make sure to add family birthdays and anniversaries too.

Structuring your schedule and ‘to do’ list will de-clutter your brain and bring a sense of order and purpose to your day.

The calendar I use is a Lang Calendar. I also display it on the wall in a Lang Calender wood frame. It's a beautiful addition to the artwork in my home. One year I chose a theme of children. The pictures are so beautiful and I didn't want to throw them away. So, at the end of the year, I decided to frame them and display them in the playroom. They are perfect!

My Chore Chart

To Do List
To Do List | Source

Chore Chart

As a stay-at-home mom, you have the opportunity to set goals for your child and make it happen.

Responsibility is a character quality that will benefit your child for the rest of their life.

One important method of building personal responsibility, in your child's life, is to give them chores. Make them age appropriate and help them to be responsible to complete them. It is your job Mom, no one can do it better than you.

I suggest developing a chore chart which lists the chores each child is responsible for.

Getting Ready for your Chore Chart:

  • Plan a time to sit down with your children to list chores together.
  • Ask for your kids' input, this will make them feel part of the process.
  • When your chart is finished, display it in a place the child can easily reach. Allow them to check off each chore as completed.

The chart will be a stress reliever for you and a motivational tool for the kids. When a chart is utilized

  • You won't need to nag your children.
  • They will be using their own initiative.
  • They will feel a sense of accomplishment with the completion of each task.

It's a perfect way to teach your child about personal responsibility.

Mom Friends

Time for Mom
Time for Mom

Take Care of Yourself

As you work with and focus on your children, don't forget to take care of yourself. When a mom's personal needs are met, she is better equipped to care for, direct and nurture her family.

Make sure you take time with your friends. Take time for special dates with your husband. Pamper yourself with things that bring you pleasure. Do the things that you have always enjoyed.

Develop your own talents and abilities. Do you have future goals? One day the children will be grown and on their own. It is important that you have an ongoing list of goals to develop your God-given gifts and abilities.

Do you play the piano? Practice piano and you will set an example for your children. Are you a writer? Squeeze a period of time each day to develop your skills. Share your writing with your children. They will learn to appreciate their mom's unique gifts and abilities.

Learn new skills or further your education. Consider taking one college class a semester. As the children watch your quest in developing yourself they will naturally catch the vision of becoming all they were meant to be.

Staying at home will bring great rewards as you take the time to map out your journey and implement your plan.

Kids Chores

Kids Doing Chores
Kids Doing Chores

Suggested Items for Chore List

  • making bed
  • doing homework
  • picking up toys
  • setting the table
  • taking dishes to sink
  • rinse dishes
  • doing dishes
  • taking out garbage
  • dance
  • practicing piano
  • practice dance
  • practice taekwondo
  • practice basketball
  • reading
  • sweeping floors
  • folding clothes
  • vacuuming
  • dusting
  • recycleables
  • making a family meal
  • caring for pets

Assign age appropriate tasks and increase responsibility as the child grows.

Kids Need Their Dad

Dad's Responsibility
Dad's Responsibility

The Role of a Father

I don't want to leave Dad's out in this writing. The role of a Father cannot be replaced by anyone. There are attributes that only a Father can build into their child. If you are raising your child alone, you need all the support you can get and you need to be in tune with a child's needs.

All Parent's have the responsibility to train up a child according to their bent. "Train up a child in the way he should go; even when he is old, he will not depart from it." Proverbs 22:6

Study your child and direct them into programs that will develop their gifts and abilities. Teach them to be responsible and disciplined it, is for their own good. As you invest in your child they become recipients of a life molded by intentional parenting.

Make sure there are appropriate consequences for lack of follow through. "Discipline your son, and he will give you rest; he will give delight to your heart." Proverbs 29:7

As a Dad, God knows of your tendency to be too harsh. Here's a warning from your Father, the one who knows you through and through.

"Fathers, do not provoke your children to anger, but bring them up in the discipline and instruction of the Lord." Ephesians 6:4

Here is another:

"Fathers, do not provoke your children, lest they become discouraged." Col. 3:21

I hope this article will motivate you to begin today to be all that God intended you to be as a parent.

Pass these tips and habits on to your children and you will be blessed to see them living a life of character and responsibility.

Those of you who read my hubs know that I am a believer in God. He is in pursuit of His children. His provision of salvation is through Jesus.

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    • Mekenzie profile imageAUTHOR

      Susan Ream 

      9 years ago from Michigan

      kittyjj, If you are like me, without a chore chart, I forget too. My kids are now grown with children of their own who have chore lists. I find that I need a 'chore chart' or 'to do' list myself or I don't accomplish much.

      Thanks for stopping by for a read, I appreciate the time you took to give me your feedback. :)

      God Bless!


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      Ann Leung 

      9 years ago from San Jose, California

      What a great hub! Your list comes in handy. I especially love the chore chart. My kids keep forgetting to do their chores, I definitely will try to create a chore chart for them. Thank you for sharing! :)

    • Mekenzie profile imageAUTHOR

      Susan Ream 

      10 years ago from Michigan

      Specialk, I know just what you mean. I envy those who come by it naturally. I have to structure myself so I can structure the family. LOL Thanks for stopping by, so nice to meet you! Blessings

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      Karen Metz 

      10 years ago from Michigan

      These are some great tips! I have to stay organized or my head would spin. LOL

    • Mekenzie profile imageAUTHOR

      Susan Ream 

      11 years ago from Michigan

      Awe, GW with a heart like yours I can easily see how you long to have your children around you again. My children are all grown now too but they live close enough that I don't get much time to miss them. :-)

    • Mekenzie profile imageAUTHOR

      Susan Ream 

      11 years ago from Michigan

      Ray, Do you have an amazon account? If you do - pick your products and then you hit the up arrow until the products are over the material you want it to display next too... ugh even I think this sounds confusing... LOL Anyway, once the Amazon capsule is over the material hit the side arrow and it will be displayed to the right of the material. Let me know if this makes sense. :-)

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      Ray Thoughts 

      11 years ago from The East Coast

      Mekenzie, how did you get your amazon material next to your text? I think that is a good idea.

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      JG the IGNITER 

      11 years ago from The U.S. Government protects Nazi War Criminals

      Very nice hub, though mine are grown and gone. If I could have anything I would want the toys all over my floor-a sit down dinner again-and the laughter. I miss my children tremendously tonight. (probably shouldn't have read this one tonight)

    • Mekenzie profile imageAUTHOR

      Susan Ream 

      11 years ago from Michigan

      Ray, thanks so much for stopping by. I homeschooled my children at one time. Structure was the key to a peaceful home. My youngest daughter now homeschool's her children too. She is more organized than at any time in her life.. It's wonderful for me to witness. Her kids are super sweet and she's doing a terrific job. Blessings!

    • Ray Thoughts profile image

      Ray Thoughts 

      11 years ago from The East Coast

      Mekenzie, my wife is a homeschooling mom so I will pass this along. I know she will love it!

    • Mekenzie profile imageAUTHOR

      Susan Ream 

      11 years ago from Michigan

      TamCor, Thanks for stopping by. Keeping the 'fire' in marriage is a priority for us too. After the kids are gone and it is just the two of you again ... you sure don't want to look across the table at a stranger.

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      Tammy Cornett 

      11 years ago from Ohio

      Lots of great advice for stay at home moms! My three are all grown up now, but I stayed home and raised them myself.

      My husband and I always had our kids in bed by 8 or 8:30, so we could have the rest of the evening meant a LOT to both of us, having that time together, with no interruptions, every evening!


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