Monday, October 10, 2011

Why didn't we start this sooner?

Our kids now have a chore charts.

I found a tablet of templates at a dollar store, wrote in the tasks each child needs to do every day, (including various conduct sheets and agendas they must have signed daily for school, homework and their household responsibilities), and then laminated the chart.

Now the kids can check off their tasks each day (with a dry erase marker). And my job as a parent just got a whole lot easier!

Instead of trying to remember all the things they need to be doing and reminding (nagging) them to do the tasks, I only have to remember to say 5 words, "Let me see your checklist"!

Today, my 4 year old wanted to build a fort out of sheets, "Sure Buddy, just let me make sure you've finished your checklist first."

My 8 year old wanted to play his DS game during my daughter's gymnastics, "You can play if you've finished your checklist before it's time for her class."
My 8 year old can drag out a task like nobody's business -- slow like molasses. But today? I've never seen him accomplish so much in a short amount of time!

Seriously, why didn't we start this sooner?

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  1. What a wonderful idea. This post has just motivated me to do the same!

  2. I had checklists for everything...worked wonderously. I had them even more elaborate for Mel when she was the only one left and I had more time to mess around with them, haha...the kids all loved it, and your right, it takes soo much work of you...Have a wonderful day!


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