Tuesday, November 11, 2008
The Chore Chart...Free Download for You!
I have extolled how THE Princess is going through the Obstinate Threes. Well, I have finally figured out a way to lessen the chaos of our days. The chore chart! I kid you not. I realized that THE Princess needed a more defined way to show that she is a valuable and contributing member of the family.
First, I listed the things that she can do every day. Feed and water the dog. Help set the table for dinner and clear the dishes when we are done. Help with laundry (sorting, carrying, helping me fold, pouring in the soap, or moving the wet from washer to dryer). Picking up toys and the general mess before we go upstairs to bed.
We used that for a couple weeks and then I modified. We added if she did Triple Play at church on Sunday. What color she was on (behavior-wise) at school for the day. Then I added a place where we can list what her job at school was, something nice she did, and something she did without being asked to do. We have had a lot of luck with these! She really likes to be able to fill in these squares. I have tied it in with some vocabulary I want her to know. These include: compliment, gracious, and cooperation.
You can fill it in with stickers but at our house, I just draw in stars. Lame, I know. Plus, I know if I get stickers I run out and forget to pick up more. Then what? Major. Disappointment. Seriously. I am trying to keep her expectations low.
**Edited to add: This has been working really well for us. If all the stars are on the chart at the end of the week, THE Princess gets to have a "date" with mom or dad to go to McDonald's for an ice cream cone. Can I just say that is is totally worth the $2. Totally. Worth. It.
You can create a chore chart with all the things you do, but who wants to do that? Not me! I searched in vain for a free download that I could use. They are out there, but I didn't really like any of them. So, I made one myself. (This is my first attempt at the file share thing. Please bear with me!) So try it for yourself here and see what you think.