As parents, we always what to do what’s best for our kids. And at the same time, we struggle with balancing life and responsibilities and time constraints. But what does this have to do with a chore chart idea for kids?
“Mom, I don’t want to do this! Can’t I just do something else? Can I do it tomorrow?”- a little whiny voice exclaims, trying to get out of doing what it is that a 7 year old is supposed to do. This is something that every household struggles with and it can be relatively easily curbed ( not solved) with a simple magnetic chore chart idea for kids.
Here is my “parenting philosophy”: kids need to be kids.
They need to play have no responsibility and enjoy life, because we, parents, are there to take care of everything else for them. They will have plenty of time to learn how to cook and figure out stuff for themselves, as long as we teach them critical thinking. But at the same time, we are not there to wait on them and do every little thing. So my belief is that if the item in question is needed by or caused by Lexi, she gets to take care of it. But everything else around the house, I do myself for the most part. We often cook together but that’s to spend time together, and clean together, but that is so that we could move onto fun things, so she helps me. Sometimes, I will ask her to do the dishes in exchange for something else, but I consider it my responsibility, not her.
Of course, getting any child to do chores is a “chore” ( did you see what I did there?) for parents. Sometimes it’s just easier for us to do it all ourselves, instead of listening to the whining and forcing them to do it.
A chore chart solves that problem but putting personal pride, sense of accomplishment and an element of game into an otherwise boring tasks.
We love this magnetic wooden chore chart for kids over others for several reasons:
- it’s wooden
- it hangs
- it includes many chores
- it has blank magnets for custom chore
- it has fun “checkmark” magnets
- it looks colorful
- it’s reusable
- kids love using this chore chart
- it’s inexpensive
Lexi’s chores are currently the following, however these are more like to do list than a chore list:
- scoop cats’ litter
- water the garden
- clean her room
- brush her teeth and hair
- do russian
- read 20 min
- help someone in the family
- play outside
At different times in our year, her chore chart would also have
- Do homework
- Wash the dishes
- help with landscaping
This chore chart idea is simple but it REALLY works, surprisingly well. Who doesn’t love looking at their chart and seeing everything completed?
Let me know if you have used it or some other chore chart idea for kids and how it has worked for you
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