Getting chores done at your place can be a burdensome task. It is not uncommon for children to be uncooperative, making it your sole responsibility to get all the work done. There is, however, a simple solution to this problem. By making a chore list, you can easily get your children to do their share of work, sparing yourself the exhaustion and stress of a difficult day. Here is what you can do.
First of all, make a decision regarding the chores and their respective performers. Remember that each child has their own unique characteristics, therefore, it’s a good idea to assign each one with the tasks they can easily and efficiently perform. With regards to the list itself, it’s preferable to put a number of chores on a daily, as well as weekly basis.
After you have made up your mind about what you need to put on the list, it is now time to organize the list. Make a grid on a sheet of paper, making different columns for each day, while making different rows with regards to the respective chores. Also, leave some space next to the chores to put a check mark. This way you will know which chores are done and which are left for the day. You can easily make such a list manually or with the help of a computer program. It is also a good idea to decorate the list, if you can.
Once the list is organized, it would be wise to cover it by plastic lamina or contact paper. You can easily do this at a local stationary or office supply store. Make sure both the sides are covered properly, and be sure to press any wrinkles out.
Next, get a few magnets; self-adhesive tape will suffice as well. Put one on the top and one on the bottom of the list and stick it to an easily accessible surface, for example the refrigerator door.
Lastly, take an adhesive strip made of Velcro and make sure to put it in a position near the list, so as to place a non-permanent marker along with it. Make sure the marker sticks. This way, your children can easily mark off their accomplished tasks. Also, it will make it easy for you to notice their progress.
Voila, your much needed chore list is ready. In order to implement this measure properly, make sure you can discipline your children. Although stubborn at times, children have simple needs and simple wants. All you need to learn is how to negotiate with them. Maintain a strict position when assigning chores; and let your children be aware of the consequences of unfinished ones. It is also a good idea to attach rewards with nicely finished tasks.
Hopefully, your days from now on will be far more stress-free.