Our family is far from perfect when it comes to encouraging our children to help around the house. However, I am on a never ending quest to raise responsible, independent, self-sufficient children. One technique I can assure you does not work is nagging! Believe me I’ve tried it over and over again. One day I will finally learn this lesson.
After many years of teaching in public school and now homeschooling, one important lesson I have learned is children like to help and children like taking on responsibilities. These are a few of the ideas that have worked in my classrooms and home . . .
1. We do Use the Six Letter Word: Chores!
- Everyone in our family has a job.
- Daddy works outside of our home and also helps take care of our home.
- Mommy works at home teaching homeschool and taking care of our family.
- The children also have the responsibility of helping take care of our family.
- The children call their family responsibilities jobs.
- We talk about how everyone in our family works as a team to help take care of our family.
- When everyone works together our family runs more smoothly and is more happy.
- FREE printable Reward Punch Card coming later in post.
2. We Make the Family Jobs a Routine
- I post our morning jobs and nighttime jobs cards and the children are required to complete their jobs without Mommy nagging.
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3. The Children Help Take Care of our Family
- The children help with little cleaning jobs around the house.
- We start with simple things like sorting the laundry, clearing the table, putting away the flatware.
- MacGyver has graduated to tasks such as taking the trash and recycle to the curb and cleaning the kid’s bathroom.
- I’ve posted cards with little cleaning jobs that help our family.
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4. The Children are Rewarded for Their Jobs
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5. The Children Save for Special Treats and Toys
- We do not buy our children toys. We let them earn money and they purchase their own toys and special treats.
- MacGyver, age 9, is currently saving his punch cards / money to purchase a camera.
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Reward Punch Card
Alrighty then, when I sat down to write this post my main point was going to be the addition of this Reward Punch Card to our family jobs system. But I felt like I had to explain how our family jobs system actually works. At this point in the post, I feel like I’ve reached information overload. (I’m trying to work on my long-winded personality.) So I’ll hit a few bullet points and link the FREE printable. Next week, I’ll write a quick post explaining how we are using our new Reward Punch Card.
- MacGyver, age 9, receives a punch for each cleaning job he does for our family.
- After 10 punches MacGyver redeems his punch card for $1.00.
- MacGyver is saving his money to purchase a camera; consequently, he is motivated to help around the house.
- I guess our Reward Punch Card is a bit like an allowance system.
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