Friday, January 15, 2016

Chore Chart that Shares the Control

I've been reading a book that my Dad gave me for my birthday, Stumbling on Happiness, and there was a study that stood out to me: The illusion of control is as effective to our happiness as having genuine control. That rang true to me and I've also noticed that my kids are much happier if they feel like they have some control over their lives. So it's been time to figure out a new method for chores and I wanted to do something to let them feel like they have some input in the process - but that they still have to do them. :)

This chart has been great so far! They get to pick which chore they do that day. They write their initial next to it so they know what's been done, and what's left to pick tomorrow. Each vertical column is a new week. It's really been awesome for them! They've been thrilled to mop, dust, vacuum etc.  And since I'm not the one telling them what they have to do it doesn't turn into a power struggle. They know that if they want to watch movies or play video games they need to do a chore from the list. 

It's a pretty simple concept that would be easy to duplicate and specialize to your own family's needs - But below are a couple printables if you want something to start from. Happy cleaning kids!

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