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I made a magnetic chore chart last year and it was a fail....I didn't reinforce enough, I guess?? Ugh.
A&L just do the basics---keep their rooms clean, bus the table after a meal, set the table for dinner, take out trash, bring in trashcans on trash day, etc. Jude semi-keeps his room clean and will pick up his toys when asked.
I wouldn't do a chore chart with Jude---but if I could find an effective one I would do it with A&L and inculde Jude with maybe 3-4 things???
I don't want to reward my kids for just doing normal things a family needs to do to pitch in and make the family operate----but I would reward for going beyond the norm, kwim?
I feel like Eli's too young. Right now he helps me unload the dishwasher - only the stuff that goes in the bottom cupboards and the flatware after I've taken out the sharp stuff. He also picks up a few toys and likes to run the sweeper vacuum in the kitchen but he loves to do all that stuff when I'm with him and doing a little picking up too or working in the kitchen. I probably won't attempt regular chores for a couple of years if I ever do. I'm not a very organized person and housework gets done whenever I can get to it and when I'm doing housework that means DH and the kids have to pitch in too. That's the house rule. Everyone does housework and we all do everything that we're capable of doing.
i think she's still too young for an actual chart....She would likely want to play with it or wouldn't follow through..like it would be exciting in the beggining and it would loose its effect quickly.
We do ask her to clean up her toys/colors, pick up her plate and cup after she's done eating, putting her dirty clothes in the laundry basket....but those feel like part of a normal routine and it wouldn't really require a chart or a reward.
I think once kids are old enough to do more, like take out the trash, house cleaning, etc...a chore system might work better.