Tuesday, January 1, 2013

Preschooler Chores

I started introducing chores to my son when he had first turned 3.  I thought it was a good idea to try to start teaching responsibility to him because it was getting difficult to get him to cooperate.  

I made a chore chart and put pictures of the things that he would do for the week.  Each day we would put a sticker next to an item that he did and at the end of the week he would get 5 cents for each sticker.  

He would put half of it into a savings piggy bank and half into a spending piggy bank.  Once he had enough money in the spending piggy bank we would go to the store and pick out something special.  

He liked doing his chores at first but then eventually didn't want to do them anymore.  When he stopped wanting to do them, I was really pregnant and didn't have the energy to keep up with it every day.  Around the same time we had found out that we were moving back to VA from MN and had to start packing. 

That was the end of chores until I went out shopping at Michaels on Black Friday and found the perfect thing.  It's called a responsibility chart by Melissa & Doug and its a magnetic board with days of the week and multiple chores to choose from. 

I bought it for Monkey for Christmas and he loves it! The good thing about him liking it is that he reminds me about it. I tend to lose track of time and chores so if he reminds me it is definitely a good thing! 

And even better is that when he is sick of doing those chores we can easily switch it up. We started chores this week already and he loves it and wants to do the things, such as feed the cat and help me unload the dishwasher. 

What do you think is the right age to introduce chores?                            


  1. Probably could have started earlier but have just recently started to assign Beau (5) chores. So far he loves it... The earning money part!

    1. Thanks for commenting Erin. Do you have certain chores you have him do every week or every day? I found this week that Zackary likes to change some of them throughout the week. For example, we are working on him getting himself dressed so he wanted to change one of his responsibilities to that. How do you keep Beau's chores organized?


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