Thursday, May 05, 2011
Do your kids do chores? Each of mine has chores they need to do (make their beds, load/unload the dishwasher, take out the trash, etc..), and they're pretty good about doing their chores -- when I remind them. I'm doing all the reminding and tracking, and I'm doing it in my head, which means, more often than not, they forget to do their chores and I end up doing them.
Chore charts are a great tool for helping kids keep track of their own progress, and I recently discovered a useful, easy and fun way to create one at GoalForIt.com. They offer a variety of free tools, such as Chore Charts, Behavior Charts, Goal Charts and To-Do Lists, to help people master the art of getting the right things done and bring more focus & personal success into everyday life.
MomSelect and GoalForIt.com invited me to play around with the online tools on the site, I do think their Chore Chart is great. It's easy to create one, and easy for the kids to use.
Here's the chore chart I created for Jammy:
You can add up to 21 chores for the kids' charts (for Jammy, I added "Make My Bed", "Get Ready for School On Time", "Do Homework", "Practice my Reading", "Practice my Music" and "Help with Dishes"). Tween & Teen charts have more options. You can add specific chores such as "Clean Bedroom" and "Take Out Trash" as well as other open-ended goals that address health, personality, personal finance and balance (for example, "Make Good Food Choices", "Bring My Lunch", "Track Spending", etc..).
You can print out the charts and have your kids put stickers on the appropriate spots when they do their chores, or fill them in online with virtual stickers. Young kids will love the variety of colorful stickers they can choose from, and that would be a real motivating factor. The charts also have a "moolah" feature to help motivate older kids. Parents award a certain number of "moolah" or points for completing a particular task, and GoalForIt's chore chart does all the awarding and tracking of moolah points. When kids reach an agreed-upon number of points, they can trade them in for real cash, privileges or whatever rewards kids and parents agree upon.
Here are some benefits to using a Chore Chart:
Responsibility; A Chore Chart is an ideal way to help your kids feel like they are making a contribution to their family by doing their part around the house.
Understanding right from wrong; Setting behavior goals is an important way to help children strengthen their character and judgment.
Healthy Habits; Teaching good habits involving nutrition and physical activity are the cornerstone of prevent obesity in children and adolescents.
Money Matters; The optional point system teaches children three important lessons for managing money; earning, spending and saving.
The tools on GoalForIt.com are a great resource, and best of all, they're free!
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