Friday, October 15, 2010

Keeping the Kids on Task-Chores

My kids love lists.  The prefer having a schedule and knowing what's expected on a daily basis.  Using a traditional chore chart was too cumbersome to keep track of and handing out money each week was getting a little expensive.  My alternative, creating schedules and chore lists and laminating them so the kids could use a dry erase maker to cross off what they've completed.  Can I tell you how much I love the laminator?  Make a list, print it out on fun paper and run it through the laminator...It lasts almost forever.

Here is a sample of the kids' chore chart list.  We have a handful of chore lists with the first half the same and the bottom half Some things you might not call "chores" such as getting dressed, but it gives them the feeling of accomplishment when they can cross it off.

Get Ready:
Get Dressed
Make Bed
Clean Room
Practice Music
Eat Breakfast
Put Away Laundry

Bathroom Duty:
Clean Sink
Clean Mirror
Clean Light Switch and Door Handle
Take Out Trash


  1. Amie, your recipes look great. I'm going to have to give them a try. I have been cooking quite a bit and found a great site I'm sure you might appreciate. Check it out
    Hope you are doing well. I'm still trying to make a trip to Sac one of these days, it's been too long. I can't believe how big the kids are especially Selah, wow. Hope to see you soon.

  2. Obviously, we share a fetish for list-making... ;-)

  3. Fetish? What fetish? If I don't list and hang it around my neck, it will be forever forgotten.