I have the belief that everybody who lives in a house, should help with the house. Now, I will be the first to admit that this is much easier said that done and that I don’t always follow through with that belief. However, the one thing that does seem to really help keep all of us on track, and living up to that belief, is a responsibility checklist for kids.
Why use a responsibility checklist for kids?
I write about gentle parenting a lot on my site. Some of you might be thinking that this is contradictory, as there are many who adopt gentle parenting lifestyles who don’t agree with the use of incentive charts for kids. I am not one of those people. I get the idea behind it, that we want kids to find intrinsic value in doing things and not just to make others happy or to earn something tangible.
I like to think of chore charts or a responsibility checklist as gentle, visual reminder to keep us on track.
I also feel that incentives can lead to finding intrinsic value. In approaching responsibilities with kids, they shouldn’t feel like ‘chores’, rather it is an opportunity to contribute to the house and is an essential part of development and growth.
Want yours yet?
Here is what is included in the bundle:
2 write- in responsibility checklists for kids with varied colors/themes
one chart with responsibility suggestions by age
Tips for using your responsibility checklist:
Include your kids in the process! Decide together on a couple of responsibilities that they will have.
Let them write them in if they can, and allow them to tick off the stars or place a sticker on the star when a responsibility is complete. This step allows kids to feel an immense amount of pride in their work!
Laminate the charts to reduce on waste, and use a dry erase marker!
Make it a FUN process!