Family Chores

Family Chores

Family Chores, Chore chartGetting Things Done & Lessons learned!
Bottom line: children involved in household chores learn to share responsibilities, work within a team and become accountable. What worked well in our home was to first have a meeting of the adults in the home…EG: parents/partners/grandparents, etc. to set a plan for presenting this household procedure program to the kids and the steps following. This step is crucial!

Once the adults are in agreement, a sit-down meeting takes place with the entire family. A list of chores for each child & adult is prepared ahead of the meeting time.

Rewards may come at the end of the week when work is successfully fulfilled or at the month’s end with a special or previously planned reward with the parents or as an individual reward or treat.

Having a chore chart also means there is no “forgetting” to do something. Having the chores assigned to specific days of the week or hours of the day can also help.

For example:

  1. BEFORE SCHOOL:
    Feed the dog.
    Make your bed.
  2. AFTER SCHOOL:
    Set the table for dinner.
    Take out the trash/recycling.
  3. MONDAY-WEDNESDAY & FRIDAY:
    Clean up after the dog.
    Unload the dishwasher.
  4. TUESDAY & THURSDAY:
    Unload the dishwasher
    Empty all the wastebaskets.
    Many lessons can be learned from chores & charts….and the work gets done as well!

© Chores Ann Gambrell March 2015

Authored by: Ann Gambrell

Ann Gambrell is an organizational consultant, helping busy people to get organized since 1985. Ann is the originator of Creative Time-Plus, and conducts seminars, workshops and classes throughout the country. Ann is a founder and active member, of the National Association Of Professional Organizers. Her cassette tape and CD series relate to a variety of organizational topics including paperwork management, clutter control and kitchen organizing. View Ann's Profile on LinkedIn

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