It’s no secret that parents are in need of help. Working full time and going to school in some cases puts a strain on the parent and the family.
Enlisting the help of our children is something that is not only necessary but something that will teach them how to be responsible and independent.
Although designating chores isn’t rocket science it can be difficult trying to create a chore chart that is easy to understand and somewhat self explanatory.
Here is how parents can create a chore chart that any child can make sense of.
Although hand writing a chore chart may be the easiest way to go parents should create one by using a word or excel document instead. This way the text will be easy to read and cannot be changed by anyone other than its creator.
To use a word document parents should insert a table with a total of 8 columns. The first column will be labeled “chore.” This column will specify the age appropriate task that should be assigned to the child such as throwing the trash or setting the table. The remaining columns will be labeled Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday, and Sunday. The number of columns can be adjusted if parents only want their children to perform tasks on a certain day of the week. Some parents may only want their children to work Monday through Friday, so their chart will only contain 6 columns, or others may only want their children to work on the weekends so their chart will only contain 3. This is something that parents need to decide on prior to creating any type of chart in order for it to be useful and easy to understand.
The table that is inserted should not only have columns it should also contain rows which will vary in number according to the child’s age and capabilities. For instance a teenage child that must sweep the kitchen, unload the dishwasher, and throw the trash would have a total of 3 rows on his chart. Or for a child that must set the table, load the dishwasher, clean his room, feed the pets, and take them for a walk, the chart would contain 5 rows. Again as stated before, the amount of chores that are assigned to each child should be decided upon prior to creating the chart in order for it to be useful.
As you create the chart you will notice that there is an empty space underneath ever day of the week. This space is reserved for the child. Upon the completion of every designated task, the child can either put a check mark in that open space or he can put his initials which notifies the parents of his performance.
For parents that have children that are not of reading age, they can use the same formatting for the chore chart but instead of listing the name of each chore, they can insert a picture in that area to better explain what the child is responsible for. For instance if he is to feed the family pets parents can add a picture of a dog in that space or if he should take his laundry basket into the laundry room, parents can add a picture of a pile of laundry; I suggest using clip art as there are countless pictures to choose from that are very easy to understand.
Today’s parents have a lot of responsibilities and enlisting the help of their children can be a positive thing regardless of their age group.
A chore chart will not only help parents when assigning chores it will also help children to see how responsible and independent they have become.