The last few weeks have been chaotic because we've begun the preparations around the house for our upcoming move and our student planners with laminated chore charts have not gotten much use. We've instead used index cards (also laminated) that are put together with individual binder rings. Before laminating I wrote step-by-step instructions for each task in a room. For example for the card set for a bedroom some of the instructions are
- dirty clothes put in hamper
- toys put away
- trash can emptied
- floor vacuumed
This keeps the kids (especially Kaity) from asking me every few minutes "what do I do next, mommy?" I think it helps when kids can understand on their individual levels what is expected of them. Along with our ongoing discussions and training on Christian character, giving the kids a good idea of what is expected of them is so helpful around here. With younger kids the cards could have pictures of each task. One idea I'll use when Miah is bigger will be taking a picture of the shelf with the toys arranged on it the correct way so that the he will have a visual clue of what is expected. (The binder rings I mentioned are found with office supplies. I used the roll of clear "contact paper" and put it on both sides.)
No matter what system the most important truth we've learned is that consistency equals success. I'm learning how to be more consistent but some days I have such a long way to go!
How do you keep track of chores at your house? What are ways you nip whining in the bud?