Since I had my foot surgery in mid-March, life has been a bit crazy. The kids were off school for about 6 weeks while I recovered, my mom stayed for a month and then left (which required a big adjustment for the kids), and chores had fallen by the wayside. As a result, our house was in a constant state of chaos. Since the end of July, we’ve done a good job getting back into a real school routine (previously summer activities interfered), but our house was still driving me crazy because it was so messy. The opportunity to review The Everyday Family Chore System by Everyday Homemaking came at the perfect time!
About The Everyday Family Chore System
I received this book as a pdf, which is perfect, because about half of the book is forms that you can print off to implement the chore system. The first 40 pages explain the chore system. Vicki Bentley, the author and mom to many, created this system for her own family with great success.
The first part of the book encourages parents to be patient with their children and work with them as they learn the new chore system. Bentley believes that children don’t often know our expectations for what constitutes a household chore as well done. For that reason, she writes cards that explain exactly what needs to be done, what steps need to be followed, to do the chore successfully.
In Bentley’s system, each child has two daily tasks and two weekly tasks. At the end of a month, the chores are rotated to the next child so that all children get a chance to learn how to do these chores. Plus, if there’s a chore that a child dislikes, he knows he only has to do it for a month before it is rotated.
Our Experience Using The Everyday Family Chore System
I read through this book in a few days in the evening. Then, I implemented the system as Bentley advised. However, it didn’t produce the results that I needed. With three kids doing the same two tasks every day, I found that certain parts of our house stayed tidy and presentable, but other areas were neglected.
I ended up tweaking Bentley’s system (which she recommends in the book), and this time we hit on the perfect combination. In our chore system, each child has two chores seven days a week. These chores change every day, so that all areas of the house are cleaned during a week. Since my youngest isn’t a strong reader yet, I skipped the explanation cards, and instead, I’ve been working alongside her teaching her what needs to be done. In a few weeks, I think she’ll be able to do all of her chores on her own.
I covered our chore system with laminate, and I put a check with water erase marker when the chore is completed. You’ll notice that I even put myself on the chore chart! Bentley doesn’t recommend paying kids for chores; instead she uses a reward system. However, our kids have always been paid for chores, so I didn’t want to change what works for us. I did take Bentley’s suggestion and added the caveat that if the child does not do a chore after being asked twice, someone else can do that chore and earn the money the child would have earned.
If you’re struggling with implementing a chore system for your children, I highly recommend this book. Bentley will likely change the way you think about chores. I know I’m very happy with the order this system has restored to our lives.
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