Easy-to-use chore chart ideas for kids. How to build solid routines and consistency in your family by working together to keep the house running smoothly.
Chore Chart Ideas for Kids
Managing a home is so much easier when everyone pitches in to help – even the kids.
But, did you know that doing age-appropriate chores is actually beneficial to a child’s development?
According to the American Academy of Child & Adolescent Psychiatry,
Children who do chores may exhibit higher self-esteem, be more responsible, and be better equipped to deal with frustration, adversity, and delayed gratification. These skills can lead to greater success in school, work, and relationships.”
Chores give kids the opportunity to contribute to the family and feel a sense of accomplishment.
Here are some more benefits of chores for children:
- Learning life skills they’ll need to be independent adults
- Developing time management and organizational skills
- Practicing balancing work responsibilities and play/fun
- Feeling like they are contributing to the family, belonging
How to Motivate Kids to Do Chores
Even though chores can be beneficial for children, getting them to actually do the chores can be a challenge for parents.
You may end up feeling like you’re constantly nagging your child, especially if s/he resists doing chores.
One way to take yourself out of the equation of holding children accountable for finishing their chores is to create a chore chart.
With a chore chart (or chore board), children can easily see their responsibilities for the day, and they can track their completion of each task.
So, instead of nagging your kid about each task, you can let the chore chart be the reminder.
It helps if completing chores is tied to a reward or something kids enjoy doing (screen time, anyone?)!
Age Appropriate Chores
If chores are too challenging for kids, they can quickly become frustrated and resist doing chores all together.
When thinking of chores to assign, consider the following:
- How long will these chores take my child to do (this will likely be longer than it would take an adult!)
- Is this task difficult for my child?
- Is there a chance this could be dangerous?
- How can I teach my child how to do the chore properly?
When starting out, assign several chores that you know will be easy for your child.
Then, pick one chore that’s a little bit of a stretch.
Work on that chore until your child has mastered it, and then celebrate!
For more specific chore ideas for each age, see this list of age-appropriate chores for kids that build confidence.
Printable Chore Charts
Make your own DIY chore chart or chore board using printables!
There are so many printable options online, and here are some of the best ones we found.
Magnetic Chore Charts
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