I know in the past I have posted a tutorial on a chore chart for your kids, but my girls are just getting older (time goes by WAY too fast!!!) And I needed a new chore chart. One that I could use to add extra chores to on a daily basis, or just have basic chores if the day is really busy. My oldest is in kindergarten and I wanted to have a place that she could mark off her school work and her assigned reading each day. I wanted one that was a little more interactive, so that my youngest who is 3 could understand which day’s chores we were working on. I wanted one that I could incorporate an incentive program into.
I was using my chalkboard chore chart (which was great) and just giving the girls a .50 a day for finishing all of their chores. But then I would take them to the store with their money to buy something and they wouldn’t understand how much money they had and what they could buy with it. They always wanted something that was out of their price range and they didn’t understand why. The fits that were happening in the store, oh man! Definitely time for a new system. I decided that instead of money as a reward I wanted to have a family store where they could earn points for chores done and then turn those points into me once a week to “shop” at the family store.
I searched the internet….I searched Pinterest…and I FOUND IT! I have been using this chore chart system in our home for 3 weeks now. (I wanted to make sure it was successful before I blogged about it to you.) It is successful! Yay!
You can find the tutorial and instructions HERE. It took me some time to print out everything, cut it out, laminate it, and then cut it out again. But well worth the effort don’t you think?
The lady who made all these wonderful chore chart graphics did a great job, I did have to make a few of my own just to fit my family exactly. I pretty much use the system the way she designed it to be used with just a few changes.
It works like this. Every day is a different color. The girls are responsible for doing the chores on their chart in that color each day. If they whine and cry at me about doing their chores, they still have to do the chore they just don’t get a ticket. When a chore is done, they remove the card and place in underneath to show it is completed. At the end of the day they trade me completed chore cards for tickets in the same color. At the end of the week they trade me for shopping privileges. The pink tickets don’t go with a particular day, I use those to reward special behaviors or extra help around the house that doesn’t have to do with a chore. I also take away tickets for bad behavior.
When they have 20 tickets they get to shop in the “ticket box”. This is full of treats, toys and surprises. Mostly from the dollar store, or dollar bins at Target and Michael’s. They think this is awesome, and then I don’t have the money issue!
On top of earning tickets the girls can also earn stickers for their rewards card. They earn a sticker for each day that every single one of their chores is completed. After 9 stickers their card is full and they can shop from the “card box”. This box has even better stuff like bigger treats and more expensive toys like little lego sets or polly pocket/princess toys. Or a new toy for the pool, etc. I also added some laminated cards for a play date, ice cream date with Dad or Mom, video game time, etc.
They can also shop from this box with a “Bee-havior card” I give these cards out for VERY special behavior. Like a whole day of awesomeness, or something really big. These are not given out very often, it is kind of a big deal to get one!
So far, this system is working great! The girls think it is a blast to earn tickets and “buy” their own stuff with their tickets. We will see how long it lasts, hopefully a long time! I think this summer I am also going to put into place an independent behavior system. Like a green, yellow, red stoplight program. The girls will be home all day, everyday, and their behavior will need to be monitored (really I mean their ATTITUDES which get huge and scary and sassy!!!! Ahhh!!!)
Anyone every use a behavior system????? I would love to hear which one and how it worked for you!!!
HERE is my pinterest board for all the chore chart ideas I collected in case you want to check it out!