It can be very frustrating to ask your child over and over again to complete their chores without them ever getting done. Your child not knowing how to organize and prioritize their time could be the result. In order for your child to develop these important skills, implement a chore chart.
Chores might include taking out the garbage, doing the dishes, cleaning their room, yard work or putting laundry in the laundry room. When each chore is completed, they can put a check mark on the chore chart.
If each designated job is completed at the end of each week, then it’s inspiring for both parent and child to look at the chore chart. Just like our to do lists, your child will find great satisfaction in being able to check off each chore as it’s completed and take pride knowing they accomplished a set task or list of tasks. When the child learns to recognize which tasks should be prioritized and is more adept at completing each task, you can add additional tasks to the list.
Discuss and design a chore chart with your child then tell them about the rewards for accomplishing each task listed. Perhaps at your home you decide you will give a set sum for each task accomplished. If you should decide to grant your child some sort of monetary allowance, make sure it’s age appropriate and granted on a regular basis. Fifty cents per year of age is a good rule of thumb. But the allowance is an all or nothing reward and you need to be firm about this. No allowance if there’s no quality in the chores done or if it’s only done partially.
By teaching your child early to do it right the first time, they’re also learning how to save time. By helping your child to develop a sense of organization early on, you’ll equip them with an important skill that will help them succeed later in life.