Can you share your family chore chart with us?”
My chore chart system is really quite easy. Over the years I have had different kinds of chore chart systems depending on the age of my child. I have had toddler chore charts, kid chore charts, and chore charts for teenagers.
If you would like to have printable chore charts or just look at some of my previous chore charts you can go here. When you get there, you will see the charts if you have a login on the site. If you don't, it will tell you that access is denied. All that means is you need to create a user name and password first. You can do that by clicking create a new account.
Today I am excited to share my previous chore charts for kids, and my new printable chore charts for children. We just started this new system a couple of weeks ago and are loving it!
Our new teen and kids chore chart system is a stewardship system.
My children have been doing chores since they were toddlers. Back then they worked alongside mommy folding laundry and picking up. Then we progressed to new jobs like organizing silverware and dusting furniture. When they were big enough, they got the chance to clean the bathroom sinks, empty garbage cans, dust window sills, and vacuum carpets.
Once they could do these chores, usually by age four or five, then we moved on to the four year old chore chart on the printable chore charts page. The four year old chart was simple and predictable but also presented new challenges each day. It helped the children learn multiple tasks during each week, and offered bonding time with older siblings and parents during some chore time.
The six year old chore chart on the free chore charts page is very similar to the four year old chart, but requires more independence as well as teaches new, more difficult, chores. As you can see there are still instances where six year old children should be working alongside older siblings and parents for bonding and increased skill development.
The rotating chore chart system, for children over age eight, was used for a long time. We really liked the variety of chores taught and the opportunity they gave each child for skill development and mastery.
The Stewardship System
I first heard about a stewardship system from my good friend Diann Jeppson, who is a leadership and home education guru. But, even though I had heard about a stewardship approach to doing chores, I didn't feel my children were really ready for it yet. I knew that teaching certain skills would be the first step, then would come the ownership of the chores needing to be done. A stewardship gives a child a deeper understanding of actions, as well as an appreciation for others who perform actions in their behalf.
Stewardships are necessary for teaching someone leadership or self-government. In order to learn self-government, a person has to have a vision of what is possible, and what needs to be done to fix a problem as well as the skills to do the project. Chore stewardships are the perfect mini-projects for developing these skills and problem solving strategies. They are a vital building blocks for healthy, motivated, and confident children and adults.
People who are regularly given stewardships from a young age are usually the people who become great leaders. I have recently made the switch to a stewardship chore system because I want my children to have leadership opportunities.
Here are free printable sample chore charts which we are using for our children. I have also included our meal preparation stewardship chart as well, in case you are interested.
Here is a helpful video about out how we use our household chore charts so that stewardships get done properly.
Self-government requires skills, perspective, and some big picture thinking. Only when a person sees a project through to the end can he really understand what he is doing with himself through each day's decisions. He is his own biggest project. Isn't it wonderful that God gave us a world to work in so that we can appreciate our biggest chore of all; self-mastery.