Chores….I know there are a million different ideas and methods out there already. BUT, most of them are for older kids. I needed an introduction to the responsibility of having chores for my Nathan, who is 3 1/2.
I love Lisa’s Boys chore chart that she uses for her boys, but it still was a bit much for my Nathan. I even attempted to simplify her version for him about six months ago, but having them all on one page overwhelmed him a bit I think. His little 3 year old brain just saw a BUNCH of boxes and it made him not want anything to do with it after a few weeks.
Nathan really doesn’t necessarily need jobs yet. I mean he is only 3. But, I wanted to start teaching him the idea that everyone in our family contributing to our home is what makes it work. I have this vision in my head of all of us having dinner and then my boys getting up from the dinner table, plate in hand, taking it over to the sink and then beginning to help with clean up. YES, I understand that that vision will probably not be so pretty when they get older, but hey a mom can dream!
So, I created a new little system. I wanted something very simple and that had each day on a separate checklist. Being that Nathan is so young, I wanted majority of what was on his list practical skills that he needs to improve at. Then I have a skill or two that he can complete from start to finish without any help from me and then a skill that challenges him and that he will have to work at be able to do all on his own.
I am offering the PSD’s, PDF’s or JPG’s of my files – complete and blank. If you have a 3 or 4 year old and want to just use the ones I have offered, then go for it. Or you can import the blank files and then import your own images and words! If you don’t have Photoshop, then remember you can go to http://www.aviary.com/ and edit them there. They have a lot great free clipart at www.clker.com and that is where I got all mine! To customize them in Aviary, you will need to download the JPG files.
Also, I personally laminate all mine and then put magnet strips on the back. I put all of them on the side of the fridge and the appropriate day Chore Chart on the front of the fridge. Then, Nathan uses dry erase markers or dry erase crayons to mark off the job once it is completed! That way he is only looking at the tasks that I expect him to complete that day and no others!
I also just re-did my personal chore chart that I have hanging on my fridge. Since I moved into this house (Sept), I haven’t kept a great schedule. But, with 2012 here, I thought there was no better time then now to get back in a good routine! You can download the adult Chore Chart that Lisa made HERE!
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