Thursday, January 21, 2010

chore charts


Go here to download the chore chart!

In December Liam, my oldest, was begging me to make a chore chart. Strange, I know. I finally got around to it a couple of weeks ago.

I found this one at ModEcoKids.com that I love. I love it because it is free, it is customizable, it is simple and it is cute. I copied the polka dot design (I LOVE polka dots) to spruce up our Family Rules page.


I made one for Liam and one for Sutton. Their chores are not identical (they are better at and enjoy doing different types of chores) but they are age appropriate. I wish I had left one line blank for extra credit type things. Like last week when Liam surprised me by cleaning his bathroom. After printing the charts I used self-laminating sheets to laminate them. Now we can make check marks with a dry erase marker and re-use the charts each week.


Um, I just realized that I spelled vacuum wrong. Please don't mock me! :)

Michael and I deliberated whether or not to pay them for their chores. On one hand we felt we didn't need to pay them for helping out around the house on the other hand we thought it was a good opportunity to teach them about saving, spending and giving money. In the end we decided that the kids will earn $.05 for every check mark at the end of the week. Not much, the most they could earn in a week is $2.80, but it is enough to get them excited. And they are! These charts are working better so far than any chore system we have tried before.

UPDATE: This is for you Celeste! Our family rules and daily expectations. (Click on the photo to enlarge)


 Go here to download the chore chart!

125 comments:

Lovely Little Nest said...

My parents had chore charts for my sister and I growing up. They did pay us {15 cents per check} but the kicker was that if we didn't get at least 10 checks {I believe there were 15 total, and we could choose which chores to do and leave the ones we didn't want for the sister who was too slow! haha}, then we didn't get ANY cash for that week. Very motivational!

andrea. said...

oh my gosh...you are so cute! i love this idea! really there is not one idea that you post that i don't like.

i have a question for you...did you post a tutorial for your christmas banner? i want to make one for my baby girl just for fun and i was curious how you did yours.

Erin said...

Lovely Little Nest- $.15! Your parents are making me look like a cheapskate! I am sure I will have to increase the rate as the kids get older. I like the very motivation of competition. I will have to try that down the road.

andrea- i didn't post a tut on the bunting but I did link to one: http://chezlarsson.com/myblog/2009/03/mini-bunting.html
if you can't find (or don't want to use) double sided scrapbook paper glue two pages together or glue and fold one page in half. let dry and cut into triangles and sew together. i can't wait to see yours!

Chris said...

Great idea...thanks for sharing.

Celeste said...

I would LOOOVVVEEE to see your family rules. We are struggling with boundries and rules at our house and I need some ideas. We have been using a points system for daily item similar to yours. I'll have to post it on my blog - it's been pretty effective (when we are consistant...wink wink)

Celeste
theimperfectmom.blogspot.com

Sophie said...

It's a great ideal..thanks for sharing! ^-^

jenjen said...

Thanks!!! I really need new chore charts!

XOXO
Jen

granma and papa said...

You know where you get the spelling skills, right? Vacuum has ALWAYS been a problem for me.

she wears flowers said...

This is great. Your family rules are the BEST--I want to do that now, too!

Sarah said...

These are absolutely fabulous! Thanks for sharing. You're one crafty mama!
God's blessings,
Sarah :D

the Lost Earring said...

We had something similar growing up. Kept us in line :)

I always spell vacuum wrong, or is it vaccum? Lol!

Anonymous said...

Thanks for this Erin. I did one up today for my nearly 4 yr old daughter. I love polka-dots too!
Natalie

Jenn Bennett said...

These are so great. Really, I love love love them. When we have some kids I'm totally going to copy your rules.

Melissa said...

i have really been enjoying your sweet blog for awhile now, but this(!)...this is exactly what i have been looking for recently...absolutely perfect!

sweetbeets said...

Hi Erin! Thanks so much for sharing the chore chart on your blog. I'm glad you found it helpful. :)

jennifer said...

Erin,
I love these! I also do chore charts but these are much cuter. We don't pay for chores but I have a list of jobs that I will pay $1.00 for that they can do (when their regular chores are finished). The $$$ chore list got them excited about finishing their regular chores so they can get to the good ones that pay. This is what my parents did when I was little. I remember when I was older and I wanted to buy something I never asked my parents for money. I asked them for work. I hope it has the same results for my kids.

Rebecca said...

These are much cuter than our chore charts! I'm going to have to make some!

Jessica said...

I am totally stealing your chore chart. I have been needing this for my kids!

Nancy said...

Love these chore charts, they are great!

Becky said...

We use similar chore charts. Instead of paying our son money we use craft puffballs. Each chore he does he gets a little one. He trades 20 little ones for 1 big one. There is a list of things he can spend his puffballs on. Each thing has a certain value. There are small things like candy or toys or a day more special things like a day trip to the zoo or a big prize like something he has wanted for a while but we wouldn't just go out and buy for no reason(bike, slip n' slide, trampoline) He has totally forgotten about the candy and is working towards big things. He has earned a bike and today he will finally earn the trampoline. He learned the first week that in comparison the candy isn't worth it! He has been working for the trampoline forever but he has learned patience and counting along the way. He figured he could spend his puffballs on something little or save them for the trampoline and enjoy it while he earned the other stuff. Now he is always asking if there are special things he can do to earn more puffballs. Very motivating! He has learned he has to work to earn things and that everything isn't always handed to you! Just a note: We take back puffballs for bad behavior and that is worse than death in his eyes!

Anonymous said...

The sight modecokids.com doesn't seem to be there anymore. Can someone send me the download for the polka charts? Thank you,Kelly
kstuffings@comcast.net

Erin said...

I have the a copy of the original Mod Eco Kids family chore chart. Email me if you want it!

Katie said...

Hi, I am looking for some job chart ideas and i saw these and LOVED them. I tried following the link but it kept saying error. Can you plese email me the copy? Thanks for your great ideas! katiemelo(at)gmail(dot)com

Icings said...

can you email me the copy too, katie_g86(at)yahoo(dot)com

Anonymous said...

Hello,
Thanks for posting the charts :) I would also like to print our family rules with the matching polka dot motif but cannot figure out how you did it?

Erin said...

@anonymous- email me at suttongraceblog(at)gmail(dot)com and I will send you a copy of my family rules that you can edit for your own needs.

tablerbunch said...

I would love to get this printable! Do you mind sending me a copy?

tktabler(at)yahoo(dot)com

StiffyCapps said...

Do you have a download for the family rules?

Anonymous said...

I would love copy of your family rules!!! My boys are so excited to start their chore charts!!!! 11gables@cox.net Thank you!!!!!

Anonymous said...

I would also love a copy of the family rules. Can you email me at tattbailey@gmail.com? Thank you!

Brooke said...

Thank you so much for sharing this! Can I get a copy of the family rules also?
brookelebaron@hotmail.com

CoLiE-O said...

I found you through pinterest. Thanks for sharing your fab chore chart. May I get a copy too? I look forward to visiting your blog often.
Nicole
Nicco19@MSN.com

karen said...

hi.. i tried to go to the link you posted for the chore chart but it's no longer there.. i found you via pinterest. :) itd be awesome if you could email me the chore chart.. khdotredladybugsatgmaildotcom. thanks so much !

Nikki Fuller said...

Can you please email me the family rules? nfuller(at)gmail(dot)com

sandroandeliza said...

Hi there!

Your blog is so cute! I am homeschooling mom to two boys and I just started working...Needless to say we need to get in to a routine around here and I love the Family rules, as well. Would you be so kind to send me a downloadable file for that? Also, is there a way to edit the other words on the chore chart? Our family speaks Spanish at home and so I try to keep that consistent with our charts and schedules. I really appreciate it!

Warmly,
Eliza

Mel said...

I can't fill in the chore chart. What am I doing wrong? Thank you. These are great!

Lainie said...

Can I get a copy of the family rules too? I love your ideas!!! Thanks so much!!! My email is ldfenske@gmail.com. Thanks again!!!!!

Robin Foley said...

I absolutely love your "Contribute to my family" chart! We have tried chore charts before with little success! I have edited and printed out your version already. Now to frame them and hange them up! I would also like to be able to use your template for the family rules. It looks so nice when they all match. I've already written our rules up, but if you could send me the template I would appreciate it! (robin.foley@yahoo.com)

Anonymous said...

Can you email me your family rules (editable)? I don't necessarily need the rules, but I was hoping to find the same document to match the chore chart.

jamiekallison@yahoo.com

Fausett Family said...

I just printed these adorable "contributing" charts for my 4 kids. I would also like the family rules template. Thank you!

bsfausett@hotmail.com

Anonymous said...

I love your chore chart and family rules, but I can't figure out how to copy the family rules with the polka dots on the page so could you please send me it to download at mswilkinson@live.com Thank you in advance

Crystal Green said...

Great chore chart. My mom didn't pay me for chores I did because she flat out told me, "You are earning your keep." It also taught me that in life we have to work hard and sometimes go above what we are expected to do to achieve more in the long run. (Note: I think that kids should earn something for doing chores.)

Anonymous said...

I love the chore chart idea! Would love the family rules matching polka chart but I couldn't figure out how to print it so could you email to me? Thanks so much!

Angelastarr@charter.net

Lindsay Y. said...

Found this on Pinterest, and while I JUST bought a white board chore chart, I'm thinking I like these better! Thank you for sharing! Now I think you should make a template for your Family Rules chart :-)ha! (kinda)

Lindsay Y. said...

well okay...so I read some comments and see that you DO have a template! Could I use it?

lougirl{at}live{dot}com

Thanks!

margey said...

I did a chore chart as a Nanny for 3 older kids. In the summer we would do something special every friday. The kids got points for their chores and whoever had the most points at each weeks end got to bring a friend to "Fun Friday". And the kid with the most points at the end of the summer? I did all their chores for a whole week! They were older kids so tough chores - mowing the lawn, cleaning pool, water grass and flowers, dishes, bathrooms, floors, etc. It was a tough week ;).

Chocolate Annie said...

I know this was posted a while back but thanks to pinterest it's rather popular right now. Do you have a version of the family rules page that can be edited by chance? I'd love to have one to go with our chore chart so they all went together. If so you can email me at chocolateannie13@gmail.com

Anonymous said...

Can you email me the family chore chart and the family rules page? Thanks

hsquints@aol.com

Anonymous said...

Hi! Will you email me a copy of the family rules chart to karmanwaguespack@yahoo.com? Thank you!

amanda starkey said...

this is so aweosme i have been looking for something like this, can you please send me a copy of the rules and the chore chart!! alstarkey205@gmail.com!!

Kristen said...

Could you also forward a copy to me?
baker7202@comcast.net

Magen said...

This is awesome. I think my oldest daughter is old enough to start earning morning for her chores. We do a daily system before they go to bed and I hate bribing them with dessert. I am going to propose this system at dinner tonight :)

mskat said...

would you please email me a copy of your family rules that i can edit? sappony4@gmail.com

thanks

Category_Theo_Politician said...

would you please email me a copy of your family rules that i can edit?

katesilva23 said...

I love this chore/family rules idea it is awesome cant wait to use it could I get a copy of the family rules emailed to me too, please? katesilva23@yahoo.com

Unknown said...

Can I have a copy of the family rules emailed to me also please. Thank you for your idea I can't wait to use it for my family.
Thanks again.
Melissa

Melissaldoak@gmail.com

Unknown said...

Can I have a copy of the family rules emailed to me also please. Thank you for your idea I can't wait to use it for my family.
Thanks again.
Melissa

Melissaldoak@gmail.com

Unknown said...

HELLO!! I recently downloaded the chore chart and would love the family rules sent over as well so that both documents can be uniform. Is it possible for anyone to email me the family rules if you have received it?

pignuts80@hotmail.com

THANK YOU!!

Anonymous said...

love your family rules chart! Could you please email me a copy?
Thanks very much.
sbertleff2001@yahoo.com

Rabecca said...

Where did you get the templet for your family rules I love it and want to make one as well. Beccamerryweather@gmail.com Thanks Rabecca

Shirley said...

HI Erin, please could you send me a copy of the Family Rules and Chore Charts.. Thank you so much. Love your blog, by the way :) (smccormac@gmail.com)

Anonymous said...

Just made these for my two boys :) thanks! If you have a copy of the family rules that I can edit that would be awesome!

sunshinerkp7509@yahoo.com

Doran Family said...

I just love these charts!! Need these for my kids so badly! Could you please email them to me?
Thanks!
Kelly
doranfam@gmail.com

Jada Smith said...

I appreciate you sharing these and just finished making the chore chart for my kids. We had a large, general one but like the idea of individual ones. Also, really like the "ways I contribute" idea! Would you have time to e-mail me the family rules list? My e-mail is jada.smith94@yahoo.com Thanks so much! :)

♥♥ Brat ♥♥ said...

Will you please email " and family rules list? My email is hopemarierowan@gmail.com

Anonymous said...

Would love the Family Rules list to go along with this julee@juleebrideson.com - Thanks a lot - I have a child that has just been diagnosed with aspergers and this will be a big help.

Anonymous said...

Love this and have stastred them today.... one question though. I cant seem to be able to change the chore chart just add our chores; how can I make the rules like you have??? Can you send me a copy of yours where I can edit from there?? Thank you so much. jcraig413@verizon.net

Anonymous said...

I'd love a copy of the template for family rules too! camerongruetzner(at)gmail(dot)com

Anonymous said...

Will you please email me a copy of your family rules? I would love to have something like this to show my 3 1/2 year old
zeffaniem@yahoo.com

Anonymous said...

I would love to have a copy of the family rules so I could edit! sheilanp@bellsouth.net Thanks!

Amber @ Wickless Candles said...

I too would love a copy of the family rules, if you wouldn't mind. amber@familyallstars.com
This is perfect, I have a chore chart that uses magnets but it's more of a game than useful at this point. I think this will be much more efficient for my little guys.

Thank you for sharing!

Papercutz said...

I shared this on my blog!

http://papercutzmidland.blogspot.com/2012/07/chore-charts.html

Anonymous said...

I am having a hard time downloading the chore charts....wondering if you could just email them to me along with the Family Rules. Such a great idea! My email is shear9289@yahoo.com

Wendy said...

Hi Erin,

I love this idea and have printed off the chore chart. I would love to make up a family rules as well. Could you email it to me at tandwrussell@gmail.com?

Anonymous said...

It is so very encouraging to see these family rules.i love them! If it is not too much trouble I too would love a copy sent to etye@daraco.com.au. Thank you so much, blessings to you & your family.

Jen Szabo Matuska said...

I too am having a hard time with structure and discipline in my house. I have a 3yo girl and a 5yo boy and seems as though they are at each others neck all day, every day! I love the family rules, but how exactly do you enforce them? I'm not sure how old your kids are, but I was hoping you'd have a way to help me figure it out. Thanks.

Anonymous said...

I love this idea!! My girls are 3 and 5 and they certainly can do age appropriate chores. We are starting this fall with new rules and expectations from them!! Thanks for posting this

Jennie said...

I'd love copies of chore chart and family rules :)
j_hb@yahoo.com
Thanks!

Heather S said...

Hi--Was wondering if you'd be willing to share you family rules page with me? So cute! Just made the chore charts! Can't wait to start using them. hsouthammavong(at)yahoo(dot)com. Thanks so much! Heather

Lynn said...

I just had to drop you a note. My son's name is also Sutton. I don't hear that name often so I had to just say great minds think alike. I happened upon your site from pinterest. I am always looking for something that will work with my son. I really liked the family rules and expectations.

Anonymous said...

Can some one please send me the rules page. I would love to start this with my kids ASAP. Thanks
lagp@cox.net

Lindsay said...

Could you make your your family rules customizable like the chore charts. PLEASE

Erin said...

@Lindsay- email me at suttongraceblog(at)gmail(dot)com

Travis Sadi and Taiya said...

I'm trying to access the chore charts but it keeps saying the server is down. Any chance you have a copy of the chore charts and family rules that you could email me? Fingers crossed!!! sadithompson(at)gmail(dot)com

Anonymous said...

I'd love a copy of your family rules - especially editable!

katie.h.smith@gmail.com

Alisa said...

Thanks so much! Have created my own family rules and chores list. We are starting today. I am hoping this will help keep me from having to repeat everything a 100 times a day. :)

Ms Mae said...

Saw this on pinterest and came over to make it :) We are not consistant but it is still a start!

http://justlivinginwyoming.blogspot.com/2012/09/what-i-contribute.html

Anonymous said...

Love this!! Already printed it out and can't wait to start! Can you send me an editable copy of your family rules? I love that as well!

ashley-massimi@iwon.com

Thank you!!

Anonymous said...

would also like one emailed to me please. jilifer(at)hotmail(dot)com

Anonymous said...

thanks for sharing..

B Toman said...

Would you please email a copy of the family rules to brandintoman(at)yahoo(dot)com? Thank you!

Tracie H. said...

I too would love a copy of the family rules template. I created the chore charts for my kids and had them aminated already. SOOO cute. Thanks lilmama713@hvc.rr.com Thanks for sharing
Tracie from NY

Anonymous said...

Love this!! Can you send me an editable copy of your family rules? I love that as well!
Adaffinrud@gmail.com Thanks

Anonymous said...

I downloaded the chores chart for my daughter, thank you for making the lives of busy moms easier! Will you please email me the family rules also? Thank you so much, wish you many blessings!

mrlantz1@yahoo.com

Bryan Lisitsin said...

Hi! I would also love a copy of the family rules. I have three boys and tried numerous chore chart ideas and I think this will really help my kids. Thanks so much!

lisitsinfamily02@comcast.net

Saving said...

Hi- I would also love a copy of your family rules!! They apply perfect to my young children and I would love to have them printed to match their new chore charts! :o)

Thanks jotteson@frontiernet.net

Meg said...

Hello! Are you emailing the family rules? I printed the chort chart and would love an editable copy of the rules. My email is meggo99@hotmail.com

Thank you!

Casey Howard said...

I have been looking for something to motivate my 5 year old daughter to listen and help around the house... This is PERFECT!!! can you email me a copy so I can edit it?? cpeters023@yahoo.com
Thanks SO much!!! :)

Natalie said...

Hi! Could I please have a copy of the family rules also!? natmadie@gmail.com
Thank you!

Anonymous said...

Can I have an editable copy of the family rules??? ikbox@hotmail.ca
Thank-you for sharing this idea; I LOVE it!!!!

Roni said...

Hi! Could I get a copy of your "family rules" please. I think these are a great idea. jasonroni@sasktel.net
Thank you!

Leslie said...

Hi! I love this idea, thanks for sharing it! Could I get an editable copy of your family rules as well? Also do you have any idea what font is used for "My name is"? I'm having no luck finding it and it's just adorable!

ljones329@yahoo.com

Thank you!

Anonymous said...

Hey, What a great idea! I absolutely love this! Could you please email me a copy of the Family Rules at

mindovermatter77 (at) hotmail (dot) com

Thank you! =)

Anonymous said...

Could I get a copy of your family rules to edit?
Thanks,
jodi-may@hotmail.com

Anonymous said...

I would love a copy of the Family Rules that I can customize. Thanks! 4kobes(at)gmail(dot)com. These chore charts will be put to good use for summer now that school is out!

Sara

Jessica Rodgers said...

I know there are lots of requests for you to email the family rules but I have been looking everywhere for the perfect family chore chart and this is exactly what I have been wanting. I would love to have the family rules to go with it. THanks for sharing your talents!

Jessicaadamsrodgers@hotmail.com

Emily said...

Hi, I don't know if someone else posted this yet, but for great ideas on whether to pay kids for chores/allowance or not, check out The Entitlement Trap by Richard and Linda Eyre. It teaches you how to teach children to have ownership for their belongings--and yes, you do pay them for chores (when they're 8+ years old) but you make them pay for a lot of their own things! I highly recommend the book.

Michelle said...

Super cute charts and rules. We've tried several different charts and methods but this is exactly the type of values we have been trying to teach our kids...that everyone contributes to make us a family. Can I get a copy of the rules emailed as well to bmjsimms@yahoo.com

Thanks!

Anonymous said...

Could I also get a editable copy of the family rules sheet? Thank you! melinda_barnhart@hotmail.com

sarah said...

May I please have a copy of the family rules? sjenkins1130(at)gmail(dot)com
Thank you!
Sarah

Aaren Toney said...

can you email me your family rules? Thanks
watoney@hotmail.com

Jada said...
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Marshawn Gubbels said...

Can you please email me your family rules? I love them! Thanks in advance.
marshawngubbels@gmail.com

Jen @ de Jong Dream House said...

This is way, WAY overdue, but I wanted to thank you for inspiring me with our own contribution chart: http://www.dejongdreamhouse.com/2012/07/chores-for-preschooler-and-high.html

Teresa said...

Could you please email me an editable copy of the family rules. We started using the chore chart and LOVE it. Thank you!

Anonymous said...

How awesome!!!! Thank you so much for sharing. Would you please e mail me a copy of the chore chart and Family rules. We greatly appreciate this
caradean1@Verizon.net

Anonymous said...

Love your chore chart and just emailed you for the family rules.
Thank you!
Leanna

The Westbrooks said...

Would you email the chore chart and family rules to me? Thanks! Jackiewestbrook(at)gmail(dot)com

Anonymous said...

Please email me a copy of your Family Rules as well please. :) merrdr333 (at)yahoo(dot)com Thank you!!!

Anonymous said...

Could you email me a copy of the chore charts please? Thanks! love them
chels822@juno.com

Candice said...

Could you email me a copy of your family rules? Love them! Thanks candice3928@hotmail.com

Anonymous said...

Could you email me a copy of the chore chart and family rules docs? I can't seem to get on Google docs, and I love them! Thanks! mpylant@sbcglobal.net

Anonymous said...

Could you please email me a copy of your family rules and chart rule docs?? I haven't been able to find it anywhere!! I love the cheerful look for the polka dots and the fact that all the documents match!! Thank you so much!!! mcgrathlynn@yahoo.com

Teresa Payne said...

Love the chore charts - can you email me a copy of the family rules? Or post a link to the template? Thanks so much: teresa@teresapayne.com

Anonymous said...

Hi there, I came across your page when looking for a chore list template for my two kids. The link does not seem to work--would you mind emailing me the template? mbrucefamily@gmail.com
Thank you!

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