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When you have kids things can get pretty busy, which means your house is sometimes left looking a little dishevelled. If you have been feeling overwhelmed by the things that have to be done around the house, you can consider giving your kids a chore chart and assigning them age appropriate chores. Debi is a mom who loves to make healthy food for her family so that they can be healthy. Another way she instills healthy habits in her kids is by getting them to help out with chores around the house by making a chore chart for them to stick to. This is a great idea for kids that will get them used to the things that need to be done in a household when they grow up. You can start out with the chores for kids when they are young with really simple things that they can do and then work your way up to giving them more responsibilities as they get older.

Debi's kids are 9 and 10, so they have tried out a few different chore charts over the years. She finds that it starts out really well and then in a couple of weeks she's having to remind them of the chores they have to do on their lists. So she found these chore chart ideas from another blog to share with us since they seemed to work great for her kids. You start out with a weekly chore chart that includes chores for kids to do every day. The kids are able to choose the chores they want to do on their own, which gives them a say in their workload. The chores you'll give them are very basic and simple chores that don't require a lot of time to complete. Things like taking out the garbage, putting dishes in the dishwasher and making their bed. The reward for doing their chores is that you pay them a base amount and then you set up another list of chores that the kids can do for extra money. The rule is that they also have to finish their other chores before they do these extra chores.

Usually giving out about $20 for all of the chores total is an okay amount for most families, if you have extra money to pay them then give them more than that. You could give them 50 cents to a dollar per chore. There are great examples and full on printable lists of chores for kids. So you can use these chore chart ideas to make your own chore chart, or you can just print them out and hang them up. Put them in a place where everyone can see them and access them. The fridge is usually a great place for this. Another tip that Debi shares with us is to not expect your kids to do the same quality of work you would and try not to criticise them on their work. You want to build their self-esteem through these added responsibilities. You can also see that there are ages on each chart so you would print out or use the appropriate chores for each age. For ages 3 to 5, it would be an appropriate responsibility for your child to put their toys away before bed each night. Or carry their plate to the dishwasher after dinner. As the kids get older, they can take on more cleaning chores on their chore lists like cleaning the bathrooms and dusting the house by the time they are in their teens. Check out all of these chore chart ideas and get your chore charts started.***

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