How Does a Chore Chart Work?

By Amy Sutton
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Parents want their children to grow up to be responsible, hardworking, productive members of society. Part of teaching your children these values is by showing them how they can do their part to help your household run smoothly. You can create a chore chart to help you accomplish this.

Chore Charts

Use a chore chart to show your kids what chores they are responsible for and to keep them on track. You can personalize a chore chart for your family. You could create a chore wheel that your kids can spin to see what chores they are responsible for that day. Make a chore board on an erasable marker board or chalkboard, listing each family member down the left side and writing each person's chores for the week next to her name. Each week, just erase the chores and reassign them to someone else to prevent chores from becoming boring. You could also post a calendar where the family can see and write each child's name and chore in for every day. To make it a bit more fun, write each chore on a piece of paper, fold those papers, and put them into a jar or bowl. Let each child pull her chores out to see what she has to do that day.

Importance of Chores

Chores may not be your child's idea of a fun time, but they are beneficial for kids, according to Psychology Today. It's important to teach your kids they are part of the family and they should contribute to the running of their home. Chores can help your kids feel as though they are doing something important and can teach them to be helpful and kind to others. Seeing how much is involved in running a household can also make your children more appreciative of everything you do for them.

Why Chore Charts Are Helpful

Having a chore chart hanging in plain view can help prevent your children from forgetting what their chores are. Listing your children's chores carefully will help them have clear expectations about what each of their chores are, notes HealthyChildren.org. To help your children and yourself keep track of what chores have already been done, you could give out stickers to place over the chores or allow them to mark them off with a marker or chalk if your chore chart is on a marker board, chalkboard or calendar.

Age-Appropriate Chores

When you choose chores for your children's chore chart, you should take each child's age into consideration before assigning them. Your toddler and preschooler can even have their own chores. For children ages 2 to 3, ask them to pick up their toys or put their dirty laundry in the hamper. Your 4- to 5-year-old can help you set the table or assist you with matching socks, while your 6- to 7-year-old can help fold towels and put his laundry away. Ask your 8- to 11-year-old to rake leaves, transfer laundry from the washer to the dryer or help load the dishwasher. If you have a 12- to 13-year-old, he can vacuum, sweep or clean the bathroom. Your older teens can help with younger siblings, prepare meals, take out the trash or help with yard work.

Showing Your Appreciation

When you start using a chore chart, explain to your children what they get in return for doing their part at home. You could grant special privileges or give them a weekly allowance. Your children can start receiving an allowance at the age of 6, according to KidsHealth, to teach them about independence, responsibility and money management. School-age children are old enough to start learning about the value of money and can use their allowances to purchase things they want but may not otherwise get, notes HealthyChildren.org. Explain to your children that they only receive their allowance if they complete their assigned chores. If you're trying to decide how much allowance your children should receive, KidsHealth suggests giving your kids approximately $1 for each year of age. For example, your 6-year-old would get $6 per week, while your 15-year-old would receive $15. If you decide to give your children extra privileges in place of allowance, this could include extra free time before bed each night, allowing friends to come over, taking your children out for a special dinner or letting them help plan a fun family outing.