It can be challenging to get all three of my young children ready for the day. It seemed like I was constantly repeating myself over and over again just to get them to do basic tasks like getting their clothes on. It’s not the best way to start your day, and it’s easy to begin feeling frustrated and grumpy with your kids. I knew that something needed to change and I was desperate for easier mornings. I came across Accountable Kids and immediately I knew that it could be helpful to us, and that my girls would enjoy it.
Since my girls are only three and four, they use the pictures on each card as a guide of what needs to be done next. When the child completes the task they turn the card over onto the finish peg. I also love that this system can be customized for your family. We have chosen to keep it simple for now but it will definitely grow with our kids.
When you order from Accountable Kids, you are given the option to have your kids’ names engraved on the board, but I chose to paint their names on so that we could paint over them for another child when they do eventually outgrow it.
Here is how we have the cards set up for a typical week day in our home.
After they complete their morning “chores” we reward them with a ticket. They do not get a ticket if my husband and I have to remind them to do something multiple times. We do try to encourage them when they get off track, but if they completely refuse to do something then they do not get a ticket. For example, sometimes my three-year-old thinks that she cannot make her bed, so she doesn’t even try. I will go in her room and give her step-by-step instructions, if she does it then she still gets a ticket. I will get more into how we use tickets later on.
Then we have:
School (Preschool workbooks or art project)
Outside (Weather Permitted)
Outside (Weather Permitted)
Clean up Toys
Tickets- Right now we use our tickets for 10 minutes on the iPad, TV time, or a special art project.
Date card- We use this card as the Family Fun Card. Each day they complete all of their chores without any drama, they receive a star. When the card is full we will go somewhere fun as a family. For example, we recently took a family trip to the mall where the kids got to ride the carousal and play in the kids play area.
Extra chores- Every day the girls get a “Helping Hands” card which means that they find a way to help me out without me asking. They also get a “Plant Care” card which reminds me that I need to water the flowers. I also switch out chores like sweeping, washing dishes (with help), vacuum, dusting, etc. It just depends on what we have planned for the day.
Bonus Bucks- If they finish all of their extra chores then they receive a bonus buck. Most people that use this system exchange money for the bonus bucks. For us, right now our kids are just doing basic chores so we have decided to reward them with a small pack of candy or a little toy from Dollar Tree. It’s important for us to teach our children that hard work is required for money, but we are waiting until their chores are a little more advanced before we do that. Right now they are still learning to save up for what they want.
I want to teach my children that they have responsibilities that must be done every day. They are a part of our family and must play a part in keeping our home in order. I believe that teaching them these life skills at an early age will set them up for success later on. Accountable Kids has made our job a little easier as parents, while providing a fun system for the kids. I highly recommend it!
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Comment below and let me know how you handle chores in your home!