I hate cleaning with a vengeance. I also hate feeling like I can’t sit down and relax because a messy house is staring me in the face. I’m not productive if there are toys everywhere, dishes in the sink and papers strewn about.
However, I have kids, so my house is generally in a state of some sort of disarray. There’s always something to clean, laundry to wash and toys to pick up. I decided that since 95 percent of the time it’s not me who is making the mess (unless it’s in the kitchen) that I shouldn’t have to be bear the brunt of the cleaning responsibilities.
My husband helps a ton. In fact, he is the one that usually does the dishes.
But, I decided the kids needed a piece of the action too. Sometimes they love to help, and it feels like a bonding experience. Other times it feels like, well…a chore.
They love to do things like dust or attempt to use the broom, but many times I need simple things done. (Please pick up all the Legos! Thank you very much!)
Instead of asking them to do certain things, I decided to make them a chore chart of sorts. But I’m not a big fan of having charts hanging around my house so it’s really not a chart at all. Instead I made them little jars of chores they can pick from – each jar containing chores that range in difficulty or time involved.
I also tied the chores to money. My children are already motivated by money, especially when I tell them they can’t have something because funds are low.
I’m a fan of giving allowances. I believe they are important because kids need to understand that they can earn something valuable for working hard.
I realize there is a debate around giving your child an allowance. Honestly though, unless I live on a farm and we have daily chores that HAVE to be done to move life along, I don’t expect my kids to go out of their way to do some of these things.
Some of the chores, I do expect them to do. But they don’t right now. They’re going to be 6 and 3-years-old. The chore jars are about teaching them to do these things on a regular basis too and sometimes the chore jars are just a reminder for them.
Job Jars & Chores For Kids
- A jar for each child with their name on it.
- 3 jars for multiple levels of chores
- About 20 popsicle sticks
- Three different rolls of Washi tape
- A pen
I think that the steps in creating these are fairly simplistic, so I won’t write them out for you but if you have any questions feel free to leave them in the comments.
What I like best about these jars are:
- They can grow with your kids. As they get older think about adding bigger chores like doing the dishes, mowing the lawn, etc.
- You can hide them. As you cute as they are, I honestly don’t want these as part of my home décor. But they fit perfectly in a cabinet!
Do you have a chore system in your house? I’d love to hear about it. What’s your take on allowance?