We haven’t quite reached the chore stage of life yet.
I came across a brilliant idea on Instagram and wanted to share it with you. It’s an idea that would work really well in a larger family where there might be a couple of children. It’s simple and it’s brilliant. It’s called “chore sticks”.
This mother had the genius and inexpensive idea of creating this chore stick jar as a way of making chores fun and even a little bit competitive.
The idea is that you get a large jar and fill it with lollipop sticks that have a chore written on them. On the front of the jar sits a label that says “pick a chore”.
I think it’s genius. It’s teaching them to decide independently when and how many chores they want to do. It’s teaching them time management and that work often comes with a reward. Sometimes that reward is praise or a treat and other times it comes with satisfaction.
For this mum some of the chores listed included “dishes” “tidy toys” and “vacuum” but they can be as simple or advanced as you need them to be.
As I searched the hashtag on Instagram I realized that this is actually a really popular thing. Lots of parents are doing it this way and for the most part it seems to result in more chores being done without being asked and many parents claim that their children now take great pride in the “chore” they choose.