children and chores

At this point you may be thinking, “Right!  How on earth can children and chores possibly go hand in hand?”.  Well, it most definitely will not be an easy task in the beginning and will require much patience, but you may be surprised by the results after forming some sort of chart system if you haven’t already.  Trust me, I was very surprised by the outcome in our household, but you must be consistent.

This past year was our first year as homeschoolers.  It was a challenge, but we got through it and are looking forward to another year.  Along with our homeschooling adventures, I chose to create some sort of chart system to incorporate chores on a daily basis.  I went to Target and purchased one of those large dry erase boards with multi-color dry erase markers and began my quest.  I did a color coding system to make it bold and vibrant.  Each day of the week had a specific chore under each girl’s name for example:


Put the dishes in the dishwasher

Feed the dog

Make the bed

Tidy room


You get the picture.  After a chore is completed, they check it off or cross off with whatever color they like.  Stickers also played a role in this chore chart system as well.  If by the end of the week their checklist wasn’t completed, they would lose a fun privilege.  After two solid weeks of getting in a chore chart routine, you can bet they made every effort to complete and check off their chores.  It’s important to remind your children of checking off their chores too since that can be easy to forget in the beginning.

Our chore chart system is still going strong.  This year we will be shooting for money allowance per chore completed throughout the week.  I am sure this will motivate them to get their chores done. With this concept I think that my children and chores will go hand in hand, maybe?  One can only hope.

What do you do with your children to enforce chores?  I look forward to reading your ideas.

Detroit Mommies Expert Contributor
Lindsey is a homeschool mom of three in Southeast Michigan. She is the creator of Michigan blog Michigan Home Mommy Works and blogs for Homeschooling in Detroit.
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Jill Kathan
Jill Kathan
11 years ago

My 5 yr old also has chores! She feeds the kitty, helps recycle & brings the bin in, & must help clean her messes up! I guess her big incentive is me NOT freaking out – about the messes. However, at age 5 praising her and giving her small incentives like a prize from the dollar bin works great!!!

11 years ago

We have a chore chart on the frig – it works great. My son either gets “points” or quarters. He has found out how quickly they can add up.