Finding the perfect chore system can be a challenge. This post helps you blend some of the best strategies and offers free printable chore charts for kids.
I don’t know about you, but managing chores with my kids has been one of those parenting things that has taken a lot of “tweaking.” Ok, it’s taken multiple overhauls and a lot of tears. Haha. Who am I kidding?
It’s difficult to come up with the right balance and a consistent plan that will keep your kids motivated to do their chores, much less actually doing them well. Another thing I struggled with was whether or not to pay my kids and how to teach them about money if I didn’t.
Perhaps you can relate to the mountain of questions and frustrations that center around finding the perfect printable chore chart for your family. I’ve got some good news. Over the years, I’ve settled on two systems that work really well: simple chore system and a family chore system. I can’t wait to share them with you!
A Simple Printable Chore Chart
Starting simple is always the way to go. If you are new to chore systems, have young children, or just haven’t found anything that’s worked at all, this simple chores system is for you.
This system has worked the best for us over the years. It’s motivating, simple, and easy to use with all ages. In short, you let the KIDS take turns picking chores until all of the needed tasks are taken. Then you give them a detailed checklist to help them get it done.
Click over and read the post for tips and chore chart ideas. I’ll walk you through the process of picking out chores and using our free editable chore chart to customize one for each of your kids.
Thinking your kids might be too young for a printable chore chart? I typically start them doing chores around age 3. Even toddlers can help with putting dishes away or picking up toys. Every little bit helps, and teaching them responsibility through chores when they’re young sets them up for a better attitude about chores later.
And of course, they will want to have one of these cool badges like all of the other kids. Don’t get hung up on their ability to read. Give them a printable chore chart, too!
I think you’ll love this simple system. This is the only system I’ve found that helps me consistently have all of the kids in our house helping with chores. But, just in case all of these details are more than you bargained for, let’s take a look at another option.
A Family Printable Chore Chart
If you have older kids who can take on greater responsibility in the home, then you will appreciate my family chore chart that implements “zones.” Each person is responsible for a particular zone in the home to manage and maintain.
Because the person has to complete all tasks in that zone, it would be difficult for younger kids to use this chart effectively. But, if you have older kids, it’s a dream! No more keeping track of all of the tiny details, just give them a zone and let them get to work.
Another problem this alleviates is having to wait on someone else do their chore so you can do yours. In this case, the person is responsible for the entire zone. To read all of the details, click the image below.