getting the chores done

We had a family meeting recently as we felt we needed to update the boys’ chore lists.  And when I say update I mean GIVE them a chore list.

Of course, we have always asked them to do basic jobs around the house but were pretty ‘flexible’ and, more often than not, I would end up doing the job to save time, my voice and my sanity!  Clearly this approach is not going to win me Mother or Disciplinarian of the Year, but there you have it.

So we sat the two biggest boys down at the table with this list.

We asked them to choose the jobs they wanted to do from their appropriate age group.  The theory is that because they have chosen the chores rather than been handed them they will take more ownership.  Stay tuned for those results!

We have also reintroduced reward charts (yes, we really did have them before) linked to their chosen chores.  We are only a couple of weeks into the new regime but it seems to be working.  Yay again!

We also love these cute ideas to help keep the little ones on track.

These Chore Chips will stick to your fridge to remind the little ones of the chores they need to complete. As each family is different, these chips are customisable and come with either a picture or a monetary value.

Or you could adapt them for use this way …

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Chore Sticks … move from one jar to the other once the chore is complete.  Kids love the visual aid.

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And how about this for a clever idea?

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Do your kids do chores?  How do you manage the whole crazy process?


a little time out

Whether you subscribe to “time out” as a disciplinary measure or not, we think you will like this fab little stool.  It could also work a treat for brushing teeth (and heaven knows I am ALWAYS thinking up new ideas to encourage mine to brush teeth for the appropriate amount of time).

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