Put 'em to work
Wednesday, May 11, 2011

We needed to add a little "oomph" to our after school chore routine around here.  

Thus, a quick Google search, a trip to Dollar Tree, and our new system was born. Wire pencil holders, foam stickers, jumbo craft sticks:

I wrote all the chores that came to mind on craft sticks, stuck them in the "chore cup", and I pull one or two sticks for each kid every afternoon.  I just added the buttons for cuteness sake, but then the kids decided when they flipped the sticks around in their cups to "button side up", it was my cue they were ready for inspection.  Works for me!

The kids have to complete the sticks I choose for them, then they have the option to complete additional chores for $$$.  Working good so far!  I plan to hang a small shelf in the laundry room so these don't have to live on my kitchen counter.  Or, maybe make a chore stick for Jonathan that says "hang shelf"....

Blogger Gombojav Tribe had this to say:

Hey, I do this and have been meaning to blog it but have never gotten around to it! Yours are cuter than mine, though. (The cans and sticks, not the kids.)


May 11, 2011 at 10:22 PM 

Blogger Greg or Cheri had this to say:


May 11, 2011 at 11:33 PM 

Blogger Tina had this to say:


May 12, 2011 at 9:12 AM 

Blogger Stephanie had this to say:

Love this idea! And the "hang shelf" chore stick - ha! Do you think Alex is too young to start this?? Oh ok, I'll wait until he's at least eight months old. :)

May 12, 2011 at 9:57 AM 

Blogger valerie in TX had this to say:

Love this! I'm so bad at being consistent with chores. I need help. *sigh* Are these all of your sticks? Or are there more? Desperate for ideas! :)

May 12, 2011 at 10:29 AM 

Blogger Melynda had this to say:

Valerie is wondering if that's all the sticks like maybe there should be more chores, while my thought was 'wow, that's a LOT!' :-)

May 12, 2011 at 1:08 PM 

Blogger Melynda had this to say:

...my grandkids are getting TOO big. I was expecting the sticks to say little chores like pick up your clothes, put away your toys. But alas, they really are big enough to be doing BIG chores.

May 12, 2011 at 1:13 PM 

Anonymous Heather Ballek had this to say:

I love it. You're too cute.

May 14, 2011 at 6:28 PM 

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