Monday, April 2, 2012

New Way of Jobs for Kids

It's seems like we are constantly trying new ways to get our kids to help out around the house.  In the past they each had a simple job to do daily and they were suppose to keep their rooms clean.  If these things were done there was an entire list of jobs they could choose to do for pay.  The problem was, they never kept their rooms clean so they never did any of the "extra" jobs.  Then when I would ask for their help they thought it was so unfair and that I was the meanest mom in the world.  So today we are switching to a new system.  Here's what we're going to try:

I made up a chore packet for my two older children.  The two younger children will be their helpers.  The packets consist of jobs that need to be done on weekdays and jobs that need to be done on the weekends with a checklist for each room.  For some rooms, like bedrooms, I made a "quick clean" list on one side of the page and a "good clean" list on the back.  The packets look something like this:

I put the pages in page protectors so they could check off jobs if they would like and then put it all together with a ring.  The child will keep the set for an entire week and then switch the following week.  To view or print the entire checklists of jobs click the link below.

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