Chore Chart Share

Over the summer I made a chart to help the kids remember what they needed to do to help around the house. Damian and I feel that along with free playtime, it’s very important that our kids learn to be a contributing member of the family. Whether that means simply helping me sort laundry or cleaning up after dinner or caring for the animals, we want them to help out. We also want them to know what is means to work hard and to appreciate their ability to accomplish tasks.

The chores on this chart are ones that (for the most part) I expect them to do daily during the summer. During the school year I ask them to do less because I do want them to have time to just be kids. We also assign larger chores about once a week such as clearing out dead plants in the garden, cleaning the van inside and out, cleaning out the stalls and so on. We typically pay them for these larger chores instead of giving them an allowance.

I had trouble finding an chart that I liked so I thought I would share the one I made here. I have boxes beside each chore that we fill in with a dry erase marker every week. Each child has a color; for example Garrett is blue, Chris is green and Bella is red. At first I let them pick chores, but after a while (and some arguing about who got which chore) figured out that it was better if I just assign them weekly and try to mix it up. It worked great this summer and for the school year I plan on just assigning 1-2 easy chores per day. The extras will just stay blank and Damian and I will pick up the slack. Although having the kids gone all day makes for less mess.

I had my chart printed as a 12×18 dry erase board at a professional photo lab. For those of you who aren’t photographers, I’m certain there are plenty of other places that will print a dry erase board as well.

I hope you like it!

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Please note that the file is a layered file (so you can change the chores) and you will need Photoshop to edit it.

The chart is free, but I would love a comment to hear how you handle chores at your house.

4 Responses to “ Chore Chart Share ”

  1. MelindaV Says:

    Thank you for sharing!! I keep telling my boys we should create a chart, but haven’t had time to sit down and make one. This will make my job so much easier. 🙂

  2. Crystal ~ momaziggy Says:

    Thank you SO much for this! I always just right it down on paper and keep track. I’ve yet to find one I like either and was too lazy to create my own in PS. So thanks again! I too give my 9 year old girl less chores during the school year because she works so hard on homework & projects that don’t want her to get worn out and not get to be a kid too! So during the school year she has 4 daily chores (#1~pick up dog poo, #2~clean litter box, #3~feed dog & #4~put all dishes from her room in the sink) then 4 weekly chores that are usually done on Sunday (#1~clean & vacuum room, 2~vacuum living room/hallway and clean glass table, #3~laundry & #4~Feed cat). I’ve adjusted it to suit her and am ordering today! Yay! 🙂

  3. allie Says:

    This is WONDERFUL and I could absolutely use something like this! Do you use the circle/squares to identify what needs to be done, or what do you check off or fill in? I love it!

  4. Julie Says:

    THAT is great! I really need this (cause I am tired of being the nag LOL) Thanks for sharing!

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