I know I’m not the only mama out there who struggles to get their kids fed, dressed and out the door in time for school and work. Our daughter, bless her heart, moves at a snails pace in the morning and quite frequently I find myself asking “did you brush your teeth?”, “why are you not dressed?” “do you have your hearing aid in?” It’s like groundhog’s day everyday. She knows what she needs to do in order to be ready to go to school, but waits for these prompts from me.
Well no more! Towards the end of last year as she was beginning to read and actually wanting chores to do, we instituted her “chore chart” which was really all the things she needed to do to be ready to walk out the door to school.
Now, instead of waiting for me to tell her what still needs to get done, she reads her chore chart and moves on to the next task. Once a task is completed she places a sticker in the appropriate column.
For each task completed, she earns a quarter, with the potential to earn $1.50 each day of the school week. Since she is learning to count currency in school we use play money, which she counts to determine how much money she is earning. She gets paid the final amount each Friday on “payday.”
Educational and it makes our mornings less stressful – it’s a win for everyone!
I’ve pinned the chore chart that we use as well as a few others on my Free Printables Pinterest board, which you can follow here:
You can print one copy out, place it in a sheet protector and then use a dry erase marker to check off each task, or use stickers, because what girl is not motivated by rainbow glitter stickers? What are some of the tricks you use to get your kiddos out the door on time?