How to create a personalized chore chart

Things are getting real up here in the Bond household, and it’s time for the girls to start helping. I asked Anson (7) to think of our family like a soccer team–we are teammates and the only way we’re going to win in the end is if we all work together.

I’ve been threatening to do a chore chart for five years now. The off-the-shelf chore charts never seem to fit perfectly. Besides, I think it helps to make it personal for the kids so they can relate in real life. It’s like an adult vision board.

Anson and I made a list of things she could reasonably be responsible for. It took about 90 seconds; I think she appreciated having some input.

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For each chore, I found a corresponding real-life photo. For those without a corresponding photo, I just took one. She actually took the one of her homework binder.

Using Picmonkey, I created a collage of images and added text to each image.

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I love the Listening Ears. I want the girls to learn that listening is an act of love.

I’m going to print this page, laminate it and cut out each chore. Then I’m going to add velcro adhesive to the back of each one so that as she completes an activity, she can move it under her name. The proof will be in the pudding.

As for the reward at the end of the week, I suspect that will change weekly. If it’s a sleepover she wants, the chart has to reflect that she’s earned it. Or maybe it’s a ladies lunch, donuts on Saturday morning, or a trip to the bookstore to pick out a new book.

I’ll keep you posted on our progress. In the meantime, I’d love to know how you handle chores in your house. And if anyone has any good recommendations for a 4yo or 2.5yo, please share them! Comment below.

Written by Ashley Bond

Ashley Bond

Founder of parenting blog, entrepreneur, underestimated disorganized overachiever.

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