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It's an age-old question. How do you get the kids to help out around the house? Do you assign jobs and then turn the screws until they get them done? Do you pay for chores or not? For the past number of months we had been doing a family clean-up. Each morning we would all get dressed and have clean-up time. During that time the kids did not have assigned chores, but instead I would tell them things to do and then badger them until they got finished. It worked okay.
We had tried assigned chores in the past, but it never seemed to work out well. No one wanted to do their own chores, so I was constantly switching them around. Or one of my chores would be dependent on them finishing one of theirs (like with dishwasher duty), and they never did it fast enough to suit me. The non-assigned version was working better, but I didn't care for the badgering and was falling into a trap of doing things myself to just make it easier. Enter the chore chart.
The idea is nothing new, but I was inspired by Nony over at A Slob Comes Clean, back when I was devouring her site for inspiration. I stumbled upon her chore chart and pay-per-chore system and thought it would work for us with a little modification. So here is what we've been doing.
I made a lovely, hand-drawn chart listing down the side a number of chores that the kids are capable of. Like Nony, I give what is basically .10 per chore, but you don't receive payment unless you have ten chores completed. So each time they complete a chore I put their initial in the box. Then when they have 10 initials I highlight them with a marker and pay out a dollar. I do all of this immediately. When the chore is done I initial. When they have ten I pay. This is so I don't forget to initial, and they don't get discouraged waiting for a specific "pay day" to receive money. Money given on a regular basis equals happy workers. The other thing I don't do is nag. Sometimes I ask who wants to earn an initial. Most of the time I let them choose to do the chore or not. Occasionally I don't give them a choice and just tell them to do it; they still get their payment. Sometimes I don't remind them at all. Whether they earn an initial is totally up to them.
It's really working well. They are mostly excited to earn their money. I don't nag. If they have an "off" day, they usually get it back together by the next day, and I don't say much. So far they have each earned about $3-$4 dollars. Since it was working well, I broke down and made a printed copy on the computer. I eliminated the "day" designations from my original chart and just have a row to write in their initials. When the chart is full, I will take it down and hang up another.