I love making charts, checklists, calendars, etc., I’m just one of those kinda gals. Pinterest hasn’t helped me with this little addiction either; there are so many ideas out there I get giddy at the possibilities! But if you want a chore chart to be effective you’ve got to be able to set parameters and expectations. About a year ago I found a list, let’s just call it the holy grail from here on out. It’s perfect. It’s broken down into the following categories: Personal Care, Clothing Care, Household Skills, Cooking Skills, Financial Skills, Lawn & Garden Care, Navigation & Auto Skills, and Other Skills. AND, it lists the age to begin and the age you can expect a child to master a specific task.
Using this list*, I have been able to make pretty extensive chore charts that aren’t just things to do…they’re actual challenges for my responsibility challenged kids! I changed things up for my 14-almost 15 year old. As the oldest he’s always been the responsible one, aren’t we always :P, so for him I decided to make a goal list instead. ALL OF THESE LISTS ARE CUSTOMIZABLE.
5 Year Old Chore Chart
7 Year Old Chore Chart
15 Year Old Goals
After printing out each child’s chart, I put it in a frame (with glass or plexi-glass), and then hung it on the wall, along with a dry erase marker. This is our chalkboard painted command central wall-we didn’t do that great of a job cleaning it before we took these photos.
*Here’s the thing, I’ve looked EVERYWHERE, trying to find the original source for this list and I can’t. I’ve typed nearly half the list into a search engine and always end up with nothing. So, against my better judgment I’m still sharing it with the hope that if the original author finds this post they will tell me who they are so I can give credit where it is due!
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