For many people, school has just started or is about to and this means your morning and evening routines may change. If your child has just started kindergarten, teaching responsibility through a routine or chore chart can help them understand what is expected to get ready for each day. For older children, a chart can also help them get into their new routine and help ease your morning and evening work loads.
A simple chart, like the one below from PositiveParents.org is a great way to give very young children basic instructions that should be completed in order each and every night to get ready for bedtime. By sticking to the chart, children know what is expected of them and can lead to a smoother schedule.
I Wash You Dry has an outstanding example of a fun chore jar that can be completed each week or month depending on what you choose to include.
You can choose to pay an allowance or offer an award if your child can complete their assigned tasks to your satisfaction. Some studies warn that certain tasks and routines should not be awarded so the child learns it is part of an expectation that they do without receiving anything for the effort, particularly when it comes to hygienic responsibilities.
Do you use a chore or routine chart in your house? At what age was your child when you started?
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