Summertime is time to switch-up the chore chart!
I’ve done it every summer forever now. I pull the chore chart off the frig and switch things up.
After 9 months of doing the same old chores (hence the school year), it’s time to teach the children new tasks. Summertime is also a great time to potty train little ones due to the lack of schedule and warm weather.
Kids enjoy learning new things! Part of the reason that children find chores to be boring is because they are boring, but they don’t have to be. Continuing to challenge and encourage new skill levels is the key to making chores more fun and interesting.
One thing to keep in mind when introducing new chores is that skill level comes in increments. At first, your kids might not be all that great at their new chore, but they are just at the “introductory and training” stage. You are showing them how things should be done and why. To expect them to perfect the chore right away will only frustrate you and the child. Give them time to understand how and why you want things done.
“Adequate” would be another increment of skill level when teaching a child. They need the freedom to make mistakes and not be chastised. Give them room to blow it and ask questions. Encouragement goes a long, long way. I am guilty of not being encouraging enough…what am I holding on to my encouragement for, a rainy day or something?
Depending upon the chore and the age of the child, “mastery” of the chore could take several months or more. ”Mastery” means that the child can do the chore perfectly and can also train another sibling for the job. This is how to get promoted from a chore in our home.
Chores aren’t something that we pay for. This is just our family’s point of view. Chores are done as a family and for the family. It takes everyone’s contribution to make this house run, Mom cannot do it all. The only time we consider payment is for special projects that are unusually difficult, typically for the older kids.
Teaching our children how to manage money is done through the use of an “allowance system”, which I’ve written about previously, so I won’t go into that here.
Your turn…how often do you change up your chore chart? Do you pay for chores? How does your family handle this?