A great way to motivate children to help out around the house is by using a chore chart and reward system. A chore chart combined with rewards will encourage accountability and independence in children. You do not need to buy a premade chore chart. You can create your own and customize it to your child's needs and abilities. You can even get your child involved in the process if you desire.
Here is one way you can make your own simple chore chart.
- Picture Frame with stand and a nice backboard
- Gray primer (spray or paint)
- Chalkboard Paint
- Foam brush
- Chalkboard Eraser
- Something to protect the surface you are going to paint on, like newspapers or dropcloth
1) Remove the backboard and place in a covered area where you wish to paint. You are going to leave this here for some time so choose the area wisely. Discard of any glass, you will not be using it for this project.
2) Prime the backboard with the gray primer by applying several light coats. Allow 24 hours for the board to dry before going to the next step.
3) Apply chalkboard paint, again in several light coats. Allow to dry for another 24 hours.
4) Now to finish your chore chart. Using chalk write the days of the week across the top, and the chores along the left. Then create a grid using the ruler. You will now have boxes your child can place a check into each time they have completed a chore.
To reward your child for each chore completed, consider the age of your child and their interests. For a younger child a sticker prize works great. Keep a large selection of stickers on hand. When your child completes a chore let them choose a sticker. You can even keep a paper near the chore chart or on the fridge for the child to place the sticker. When the paper is full they can get an extra special surprise. For example, going out for ice cream.
For older children, you can give coins to fill a mason jar. When the mason jar is full let them take it to the bank or use it to buy a toy. With a little thought you will find great ways to reward your child that they will respond to. They might even start asking for more chores to do!