I’ve been thinking about chore charts for the kids. Last week while I was doing our Target run, I found a pad of these charts in the dollar bin. What better way to sample the process then to start small. Like on a $1 budget.
Laundry: is putting away their clean clothes (no worries- they don’t operate appliances).
I have pretty strong opinions on kids and chores because I think there is a fine line between teaching kids about responsibility/contributing and allowing kids to just be kids. But, it’s time (esp for Jameson) and we’re starting small. The only reason I included Lucia is that she would have it no other way.
Day one was a huge success. The kids were seriously running in excitement to get their work done all for the reward of… a sticker. I have a feeling that excitement might wear off. The pad also came with award certificates, so I’m planning to give those if they’ve completed the week well. When they hand in their certificates, I’m thinking Ryan and I will decide on special ways to award them. This brings up the question of allowances. Is it a good idea? We don’t want to teach our kids to help only when there’s something in it for them. But, I do want them to know a job well done and working together is something we’re proud of.
What do/did you do to teach your preschoolers about contributing with work? Was there a reward for getting things done?
I’d love to hear. Charting new territory everyday here at the Underwoods..