My kids have cell phones. In our house you have to be in middle school to get a cell phone. In order to keep their phone, they have to keep their room clean. This is sometimes a challenge. My kids wanted an allowance. The kids who barely clean their rooms. So I came up with a list of chores for them to do to earn money. If they do the chores, they will earn the money. I made an easy chore chart for them to follow too.
But you can’t just tell them to do chores and at the end of the week, they get paid. They will wait until the end of the week and cry and complain that it’s too hard and that you are evil for making them do chores for money. You have to have a system.
chore chart – how I set it up
So here is how I got them to do chores:
1. I made a list of chores that take 5-15 minutes each.
2. I have an area where they can mark those are the chores they are going to do for the day.
3. I decided that they needed to do 10 chores in a week to earn their payment for the week.
4. Each kid gets their own chore chart, you may run the risk of duplicate tasks. Consider marking them off the list of the kids list.
5. I wrote down chores that I would normally do.
6. The kids have an opportunity to write in additional chores.
7. The kids have to do chores Monday through Friday.
You can download my printable chore chart to get started. If you are super serious, laminate it! We print off new sheets each week. There is a place to note the child’s name, amount to be paid and number of chores.
The rules to do chores and earn money
- Every day they select 2 chores.
- To get to use their phone for the day, chores must be done (I relaxed on this as I saw chores happening daily)
- If a chore is missed one day, it rolls to the rest of the week to be done.
- There are no special privileges until chore are done or caught up (games, shopping, beach time, etc)
What I found with them using the chore chart
They kids were not happy with doing chores initially. The official first day, I had them select which chores to do. They put a X next to the chore they selected and that was their agreement of chores they were doing that day. Some chores I had to remind them to do.
What I’m finding is I’m less stressed out, it’s great!
Do you use a chore chart at your house? Do your kids earn money for chores done?