Things seem to be ever-changing around here. We find something that works for a time and then shift to something else as the need (or want) arises.
So, here’s what is working for us right now with our chores. I wrote about how “Day Chores” were working well for us here. Those have continued to work well for us so I have integrated that into our new chore charts. I actually downloaded charts from this site so as to not reinvent the wheel. They are pretty basic charts with the days of the week and then I make a list of their chores for the week that they can check off. For example, Cade’s chores every morning before breakfast are getting dressed, making his bed, and getting 5 pieces of firewood brought into the house. Every other day in the evenings he has vacuuming the kitchen or helping with dishes. Then his “Day Chores” which are once a week are vacuuming his room (I really like our stick vacuum for the kids:)), shaking rugs, taking out the garbage and dusting.
I know that there is some debate about whether to tie an allowance to chores or not. For us this has seemed to work well. The kids get 25 cents for every year old they are at the end of the week if they have completed all of there chores with a happy heart and have done it well. This has also given us the ability to have the kids take responsibility for their own money. It cuts down on begging for things in the store because they can spend their money but once it’s gone, it’s gone. This has also made giving more meaningful to them as it is truly their money.
We also give the option of “bonus” chores from time to time. The kids can choose to do the chore or not. They get extra compensation if they choose to do it, but they don’t have to. I haven’t had them turn me down yet:). They do have to decide whether they are going to do the chore BEFORE they know what it is though :).
So, that is what is working for us right now.