Thursday, June 20, 2013

Pinterest Inspired

I had been searching for a way to make a chore chart for Annika for some time.  She's 5 years old now, and it was high time she get to helping out around here.  I don't want her to ever lose that little kid will to help out around the house that she has, and this chart would be a way to reinforce that behavior with some positive feedback.  The actual one I saw on Pinterest wasn't exactly like this, but this is my variation if a chore chart for Annika: 

This is a black posterboard.  I wrote on it with this cool paint-like marker that looks kinda like chalk, and I really like the effect. 
I don't think it is too much to ask a 5 year old to help out around the house.  No, she doesn't get an allowance to do these things, but we're considering it.  What is an appropriate amount for a 5 year old to earn for doing the things we expect of her?  Is a monetary incentive really necessary?  These are the debates we have around our house.  I want to instill in her a sense of responsibility, and I worry that paying her to do these things around the house isn't really a great way to do that.  I mean, nobody pays me to do the laundry or unload the dishwasher.  Thoughts?  
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18 comments:

  1. I like the fact that she can flip up the tabs when she is finished. Five is certainly not too young for her to help out. Plus, five year olds LOVE that kind of responsibility. Good job Momma!

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    1. Thanks! I forgot to put that there is magnet tape to keep them up. She does LOVE the responsibility too.

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  2. I agree, chores are important. My kids are 3 1/2 and have some responsibilities around the house already...I LOVE that chore chart, may pave to pin-lift that one!

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  3. I love this chart...so nice and useful. I agree on not paying, as we become adults there is so much in life expected of us that we are not compensated on...but a little treat every so often as a bonus wouldn't hurt♥

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    1. Treats are a major bonus for her, and I usually let her pick. I love seeing where her imagination takes us.

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  4. This looks awesome. I have to admit to being a bit leery of trying the pinterest projects because even if I try recipes they NEVER turn out looking like the picture :) I assume my project would turn out the same.

    hi from Mk's

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    1. Hi Malissa! Thanks for stopping by. Be brave, it doesn't have to look pinterest perfect.

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  5. Those are definitely great 5 year old "help-outs". I think it is so great to teach them that they get to (not have to, but get to) contribute to the family by doing those things and to take pride in it and their home. I like the occasional treat for doing such a good job which adds in the element of surprise for them making it even easier to get them excited. There is plenty of time for $ compensation as they grow up, but I like not expecting that. very cute!

    (stopping by from Mama Kat's - http://www.caseyandcolter.net/7835/shuffle/

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    1. Definitely treats are the way to go!

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  6. How cute is that!!! I would have loved that when I was 5 years old. Hot Mess Hubby and I don't have kids, but if we did this is exactly the kind of thing I'd be alllll over. Love it. What a cute way to get your daughter involved...and major kudos to you for obviously being a great mom. Stopping by from Mama Kat's!

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    1. I thought about making one for my husband, but thought he might get offended. He doesn't even let me make him lists ever; hopefully that changes when his memory goes.

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  7. I love the tabs that close when finished - great idea. We have a five year old daughter and she is definitely learning to help around the house. My parents never did monetary rewards specifically for help - if we needed money, we asked for it and each case was decided upon individually. If chores were involved in exchange, it was specific to the request. What they wanted us to learn was a sense of responsibility for ourselves and to the other people in the house. Good skills for later in life whether living alone or with roommates/spouse/family.

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    1. Exactly, responsibility and independence are what I was going for with this.

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    1. Thanks Kat! That's a major kudos from you Wonder Woman Mom!

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  9. The flip chore chart is a fantastic idea! It makes it easy to see what you've done but also fun! I like the idea of having an allowance when they're a little bit older (like 9 or 10) because it gives them a chance to pay for things on their own and learn about saving and spending. They start to really understand the value of a dollar if they have to turn over their own money to buy a pack of gum or get a new song on iTunes. For us, that's why we do allowance. --Lisa

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    1. Agreed on allowance, but later than 5 for sure. I can hardly get her to understand that the coins are different values at this point.

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