The basis is this: Each of our kids has a checklist of daily responsibilities. We have checklists printed out for each child and when they complete each task, they check them off. If everything is checked off at the end of the week they get a small allowance. If they’ve missed a check, we have makeup tasks that they can perform.
Crystal Wilkerson has so generously designed these simple, colorful printable checklists that can be used for an entire month. I have ours printed and attached to our pantry door with a little bit of washi tape. They’re in a location where everyone can reach them and see them all the time. Morning tasks are to be completed before the kids leave for school and the rest are done afterschool or before bed.
I love how these checklists are a visual reminder of the basic things that need to be completed each day. Morning + afterschool time are busy times in the day and having the kids stick to their checklists really keeps things running smoothly in our home. We have a no t.v. policy in the mornings and afterschool checks need to be completed before the t.v. can come on or before friend time. Sure, there are days when the checklists just go out the window because things get busy, I love how they’ve helped my kids develop some good habits, which in turn means less nagging from me!
Each of our kids has a zone in the house they’re responsible for maintaining daily for an entire week. We rotate zones based on a simple circle chart and these new ones, designed by Crystal Wilkerson are SO pretty….our old one made out of construction paper just wasn’t holding up anymore. 😉 Our chart used to include a playroom but we don’t have one in this house so we’ve adjusted the pie chart to include 4 major zones that I feel get the dirtiest throughout any given day. If a child is on that zone they’re responsible for keeping it clean and tidy each day.
I help the younger two with this, but in rooms like the kitchen I’ll have the child who is on that zone just do a quick wipe of the counters in the morning before they leave for school – even the three year old can do that! The main bathroom can always use a quick wipe down with a disinfectant wipe. I don’t expect them to clean each zone top to bottom everyday, just keep it clean and tidy. We typically do a big clean on Saturday morning.
That is just a quick rundown of how our responsibility system works – if you have any questions just let me know in the comments and I’ll do my best to answer.
As for these lovely checklists + circle charts, Crystal has made some fabulous free printable versions for us! You can simply print them out and write in your own info to create your family’s daily checklists. She also made printable circle chart templates that include 3, 4, 5 or 6 spaces. See the examples above of how you can use these circle charts – the possibilities are endless!
If you’d like a customized family checklist + circle chart Crystal can create those for you and here’s all the info you’ll need:
the # of children in your family.
you want customized.
-Custom orders are being taken until September 5th only
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