Teaching responsibility to kids is really important. These 10 great chore charts may help you find a solution to giving your children more responsibility around the home while making it fun for them. In my post, Confessions of a Meaningful Mama, I came clean about a lot of the areas that could use improvement in our lives. There’s nothing more humbling then putting out a bunch of your own weaknesses to anyone who wants to know. One of the weaknesses I see in my parenting is not having an established chore system in our home. I have had intentions of putting one in place. I have intentions of setting up an allowance system and teaching the kids how to save money. I still have their money buckets I need to be better at using. I have a philosophy about chores and earning money. Do my kids have daily chores? Not until now. I’ve been a bit disorganized in this area. They do help around the house. It generally consists of our areas getting a little too out of control for my liking and they are asked to clean up. It may be we are having guests over and I want my guests to be able to walk, so I go into panic clean-up mode with every hand on deck. They may be eager to help me dust. I like to have them clear their own dishes…most of the time. I guess nothing is too consistent in this area, but I want to change that. This week is “responsibility” week at Meaningful Mama. There is nothing like a word of the week to help motivate me in that area. Please look under the “responsibility” tab in character development to find more activities about this topic. You’ll see that this post is presenting a bunch of other creative bloggers ideas about establishing a fabulous chore chart. Being a mom blogger is all about finding really creative, adorable solutions for every day mom scenarios. Sometimes, I understand this can be a tad intimidating to a lot of moms on the planet. I get that. I look at what other bloggers are doing and am a bit intimidated myself. Not everyone has the desire to come up with a super clever craft for every area of your mom life. So, to help you feel a little less intimidated, you will find my chore chart solution as the final idea in this post. There are amazing, beautiful ideas here on how to make really fun chore charts. If you are so motivated, I completely encourage you to try one of these. I really would love you to click on the links just to give these other bloggers some love and experience their creativity and feel inspired. However, if you are a mom who just doesn’t have time to pursue one of these solutions…If you are a mom that wants to teach responsibility but the creative chore chart has eluded you…If you you are a mom who doesn’t have a creative bone in your body…If you are a mom with great intentions but have lacked follow through…then maybe today I have the solution for your chore chart woes. I told my husband that I’m not being a very good blogger with this one, and he disagreed. He said that most moms are looking for a more simple solution. Today I wanted to offer you the beautiful, amazing, creative, fabulous ideas of other people’s work and the simple solution in my own feeble attempts at setting something in place to teach responsibility. First, here is the clever chore chart role call:
Chore Ring by Meaningful Mama – This is one of my own solutions. I still do use this, but this post is about finding a daily chore responsibility chart. The chore ring I have above is for when my children want to earn extra money.
Chore Cards – My friend, Becky at Your Modern Family, came up with these fabulous chore cards that have worked beautiful for her family. So clever!
Repurposed Cookie Sheet Chore Chart by A Spotted Pony
Felt and Popsicle Stick Chore Chart by Creative Kids Projects
Wipe of Chore Chart by Totally Together Journal
Clothes Pin Chore Chart by The Frugal Girls
Chore Chart with Printable by Being Brook
The Simple Chore Chart by The Happy House Wife
Door Hanger Chore Charts by My Blessed Life
Pre-K Chore Chart by Over the Big Moon
So, now the big question is what is my simple solution?
I present to you the iPhone app iRewardChart. This is not a sponsored post. This is just my own searching the internet for a iPhone app that would work for me. If you follow the link you’ll find a video that gives you a tour of the app. It was helpful in my decision making process. The cost was $3.99, but there is also a lite version. It seems to have had a lot of exposure, which did make a difference in my decision process. It is also available for Android, Kindle Fire, the Nook and Windows phones and is available at the app store. I have just set it up and am excited to present it to my kids. They love playing on my phone. They enjoy new ideas. It is convenient. It is easy. You set up your children individually to decide on what their chores will be and what the rewards will be. There are a number of suggested ideas to choose from, but you can create your own. Here are a couple screen shots for what I set up, and it was simple to do:
While this might not be a moment of blogging brilliance, it may be the exact solution I needed to start working on responsibility with a chore chart. Check in with me later to see how I’m doing and hold me accountable.