Don your gloves and grab your broom (I mean weapon!). Time to disintegrate the dust bunnies, power spray the dishes and unearth the floor in your children’s bedrooms.
They do have a floor, don’t they? It’s hard to tell in my house.
Like a lot of parents, we struggle to get any consistency going when it comes to chores. Our current system consists of me telling them what to do at random times and them doing it – sometimes right away but sometimes with a lot of stalling and whining.
It’s like a box of chocolates. I never know what I’m going to get.
Don’t forget the times when I just do things myself. Stuff they could or should be doing. That’s like getting the chocolate with the coconut filling.
Today I decided to gather together all the scouting and LDS youth program requirements that involve chores and the like. I decided to scout out (no pun intended) the best link to a free chore chart and maybe a handy list of age-appropriate chores. Once again, in all my searching I came across a little gem of a website.
Behold Painted Gold. Painted Gold doesn’t just have chore charts, she has advice on how to effectively use them. Apparently you can’t just hang up the chart and expect anything to happen.
Check out her five-step plan for getting kids to do chores. Five steps isn’t too bad, especially since the fifth step is celebrating your success!
Do you think it works? I don’t know, but we’ll be giving it a try. And (of course) passing off some requirements in the process.
Care to join us?
Faith in God – Developing Talents requirement 7: “List five things you can do to help around your home. Discuss the importance of obeying and honoring your parents and learning how to work.”
Tiger cub scout requirement 1F: “Think of one chore you can do with your adult partner. Complete it together. Complete the Character Connection for Responsibility.”
Wolf cub scout requirement 4e: “Talk with your family members. Agree on the household jobs you will be responsible for. Make a list of your jobs and mark off when you have finished them. Do this for one month.”
Wolf cub scout requirement 8c: “Help fix at least one meal for your family. Help set the table, cook the food, and wash the dishes.”
Wolf cub scout requirement 8d: “Fix your own breakfast. Wash and put away the dishes. ”
Webelos cub scout Family Member activity badge requirement 2: “Make a chart showing the jobs you and other family members have at home. Talk with your family about other jobs you can do for the next two months.”
Webelos cub scout Family Member activity badge requirement 9: “Learn how to clean your home properly. With adult supervision, help do it for one month.”
Webelos cub scout Family Member activity badge requirement 10: “Show that you know how to take care of your clothes. With adult supervision, help at least twice with the family laundry. ”
Webelos cub scout Family Member activity badge requirement 11: “With adult supervision, help plan the meals for your family for one week. Help buy the food and help prepare three meals for your family. ”
Citizenship belt loop requirement 1: “Develop a list of jobs you can do around the home. Chart your progress for one week.”
Personal Progress Good Works requirement 2: “Service is an essential principle of family living. Help plan your family’s menus, obtain the food, and prepare part of the meals for two weeks. During that time help your family gather to share mealtimes. Report to your class what you have learned.”
Duty to God – Deacon Family Activities requirement 5: “With the help and permission of a parent, prepare at least 2 meals for your family. Where possible, also wash and iron your clothes for 1 month.”
Family Life Merit Badge requirement 3: “Prepare a list of your regular home duties or chores (at least five) and do them for 90 days. Keep a record of how often you do each of them.”