I grew up on a farm. A farm with a household of girls. I was expected to buck bales, drive tractor, rake hay, feed livestock, milk cows and, yes, haul manure. Putting in those hours of chores wasn’t only expected, but it was a vital contribution to our family’s livelihood. I was a part of putting food on the table of America and our home.
In light of that, it should be no surprise to you that I believe children need responsibility. Read that again. Children need responsibility. It is our duty as their parents to raise them well and responsibility is a main component of that.
I’ve found that as we added children to our family or got deeper into homeschooling, my responsibilities grew year after year. If my children had no responsibilities, I know our house would be a total disaster, my patience would be worn thin, and I would spend no time just enjoying my children. Thankfully, they are very able helpers!
Last summer, when I posted the Nourishing Routines series. This series walked you through the steps I have taken to bring as much order as possible to my days. The final post in that series was all about how I delegate routines to my children.
At the time of that post, we were using a piece of paper tacked to the refrigerator as our chore chart. Implementing the chore system was very dependent on me – my mood, my energy level, my willingness to follow-through, and my reading the chart to my non-readers. In all honesty, at the end of a long school day, chores did not always get done. It was just way too easy to do it myself!
After Christian’s hospital stay, we hired a housekeeper to come in for a couple hours every week. That lasted for 1 month before I knew that having a housekeeper is not all it’s cracked up to be! I started having her come every other week, and now we are again the sole cleaners of our home.
In order to make that transition happen without total chaos ensuing, I knew I needed to make our chore system work for us. I could not do it all on my own, and I needed a tool to take the burden of chores off my shoulders.
Enter Managers of their Chores.
This book has been on my “To Be Read” list for quite some time, but I figured I knew what it said and continued to put it off. In all honesty, I was quite turned off by the idea of my children wearing this thing around their neck. Seems a little over the top, right?
When I was working on revamping our routines, family schedule, and chores this spring, I knew I needed to try something different. I got the book, against my better judgement, and immediately started Googling what other bloggers had to say about not only Managers of Their Chores, but ChorePacks (the system advocated for in Managers of their Chores).
( You can pick up a used copy of Managers of their Chores on Amazon very inexpensively!)
What are ChorePacks:
ChorePacks are simply a system for organizing your children’s chores. Each card represents a chore to complete. The cards are kept in order in an ID badge the child wears as they work.
As each chore card is completed, it is moved to the back of the ChorePack. The new card displayed is the next chore to be completed. The child is done with chores when they have completed all their chore cards.
Why ChorePacks Work:
Initiates Chore Time
The simple act of handing the ChorePack to your child acts as the chore time initiator. When it is 4 pm, I tell my kids to get their ChorePacks and they grab them and get to work (I work alongside of them!).
They can’t forget.
Maybe my kids are the only ones, but they have a tendency to get “Chore Amnesia” and forget the task at hand. The ChorePack acts as a constant reminder of what they are supposed to be doing.
They know what comes next.
When they wear their ChorePack, kids know what they are supposed to do next. They don’t have to reference a chore chart or ask mom. They simply move the cards around and the new chore is shown in the front of their pack.
Cuts down on nagging.
I just hand my kids the ChorePack and they know it is time to do chores (these times are scheduled into our day). I then let them loose! If they don’t finish the ChorePack or do a sloppy job, then I can administer consequences. There is no excuse that they forgot or didn’t know what they were supposed to do.
Provides a visual endpoint.
Chores don’t go on forever! The kids know I won’t keep assigning chores. Get your ChorePack done and you are free!
Seriously! If you are a bit skeptical about ChorePacks, I suggest you give them a try. The kids zip right through their chores and are proud of their work (that isn’t to say I don’t ever deal with a sour attitude, but, in general, they don’t loathe completing their ChorePack!).
I used my previously established routines for the kids and edited them to be ChorePack friendly. Using OpenOffice (you could also use Excel), I manipulated the cells to fit the badges I purchased for use as our ChorePacks. I printed them out on cardstock, cut them, and then drew pictures for my pre-readers. You could buy your ID badges at an office supply store, but I purchased mine off Amazon here for a good price.
- Establish what chores your children will be doing and when.
- Purchase ID Badges (enough for all your children)
- Use OpenOffice or Excel to make your Chore Cards.
- Print on cardstock
- Draw pictures for your prereaders.
Hint 1: Make the chore cards longer than the ID Badge pocket so they are easier for little hands to move around. I ended up redoing mine for this very purpose.
Hint 2: ChorePacks work better if the chore are not assigned throughout the day. We use our ChorePacks for morning chores and then an afternoon cleaning block. The children each have a pre-meal and post-meal chore to complete as well, but that is not in the ChorePack.
Hint 3: For my oldest child (nearly 10), morning chores are on one chore card instead of multiple cards. He knows the drill from years of experience and the morning chore card only acts as a prompt for him. My younger kids, who are still learning their morning chores, have a card for each morning chore.
What is in our ChorePacks:
Morning Chores (everyone):
- Get dressed
- Make bed
- Quick room pick-up
- Brush teeth
- Chore check with Mom
Lilla (4 years old):
Extra morning chore:
- Wet wipe the bathroom vanity
- Laundry (fold and put away)
- Straighten shoes by back door
- Set supper table
Christian (6 years old):
Extra Morning Chore:
- Feed and water the dog
- Laundry (fold and put away)
- Weekly Chore:
- Monday – Clean Room
- Tuesday – Clean out under couches
- Wednesday – Brush the dog
- Thursday – Help Lowell with chores
- Friday – Pick up yard
- Wipe Downstairs bath
Lowell (almost 10 years old):
Extra morning chores:
- Let the dog out and in
- Dress and change the baby
- Laundry (fold and put away)
- Take out compost and recycling
- Get the mail
- Monday – Clean room (follow directions behind door)
- Tuesday – Take out Garbages and to curb, Sweep porch, slab, and sidewalk
- Wednesday – Windex windows/mirrors/computer/tv, change Baby’s crib sheet, empty the vacuum canister
- Thursday (monthly chores)
- Week 1 – Sweep Garage and change fish’s water
- Week 2- Clean out car
- Week 3 – Vacuum car and change fish’s water
- Week 4 – Clean basement
- Friday – pick-up yard, sharpen school pencils and empty pencil sharpener
Staying inspired in your Homemaking and Parenting…
These ChorePacks are only one fruit of the time I have spent organizing, planning, and shaping our homemaking, homeschool, and family life this spring. I want to live well, live intentionally, and live wisely.
I find it so important to be continually inspired in my homemaking and parenting. It is so easy to feel like you are being drug through life, but I want to live joyfully and intentionally. Reading is one way I stay inspired, as my Amazon account can testify.
But I also endeavor to live frugally, and buying all the books and resources, even in the name of inspiration, can quickly drain the bank account. That is why I’m soooo excited to let you know about this year’s Ultimate Homemaking Bundle. I grab a bundle every year and I never regret it! I have enough material to encourage and drive me forward for the rest of the year!
For six days only, everything you need (and then some) is in one fabulous package, for the most affordable price ever. (Seriously, just wait until I tell you the price.)
This year’s edition of the Ultimate Homemaking Bundle includes 50 ebooks, 21 eCourses, 14 printables, 2 videos, 2 audios, 2 summits, and 1 membership site. Go check it out! You’ll be amazed and what you are getting for this unbelievably low price.
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The package includes 106 digital products and it’s worth over $1980!
Besides being so incredibly helpful, one of the things I like best about the bundle is the price. By offering it for a short time only, they’re able to give you access to over $1980 worth of amazing products for a whopping 97% off!
The most important detail, though, is that this bundle is available for just six days! After Monday night, May 1st, the sale ends and you’d have to buy all of these products individually.
It’s even backed by a 100% happiness guarantee, so you can make sure it’s right for you.
No one should have to feel overwhelmed by homemaking because it costs too much or they can’t get the help they need.
Becoming efficient as a homemaker is one thing. Fully embracing all the messy moments and hard times and loving it (most days) is another. But it’s not out of reach.
Still not sure about the 2017 Ultimate Homemaking Bundle? Check out this MEGA list of resources and BONUSES in this year’s bundle!
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- Free 1 year annual membership from MollyGreen.com, $29 value (digital)