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Chore Chart

Wow! I saw this in my drafts just now. I meant to blog about this in May. Must have started it and not come back to finish. Guess now is as good of time as any….

Well, in May I decided that we needed a chore chart for Emily. She has been pretty good about doing her chores and helping around the house but I wanted to kick it up a notch. Teach her a little about spending, saving and earning. I came up with a basic chore chart. I am sure it will be adjusted and changed as time goes on but it works for now.

Emily has a set of chores that I would like for her to do each day:

  • Make her bed
  • Put her dirty clothes in her laundry basket
  • Clean up her toys before naptime
  • Clean up her toys before bedtime
  • Help set the table
  • Help clear the table
  • Helping mommy and daddy when asked
  • Have good table manners (staying in her chair mainly)
  • No tantrums/whining

I know the last two aren’t chores but I think she really needs to work on them. For everything she completes, we put a sticker or a check on her chart. At the end of the week we tally up the completed tasks and she receives a nickel for each one. Part of the money goes into her chore jar and part goes to her piggy bank. Emily decided that she is going to use her money to buy a Princess Tiana doll.

She has been doing pretty well. Some days are better than others of course. She’s only 3 1/2 so that’s to be expected. I am pretty proud of her progress though. Eventually I’d like her to start doing chores without me having to ask or remind her but that’s down the road.

I know there are ways that I can make this chart better. I am totally open to any ideas you have. Different chores, different methods, different rewards. Please share!

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The tradition continues

Every 4th of July holiday, we attend the parade on Main Street. It is always a good time. Emily has started to really look forward to this parade over the past year or two. Mainly because they throw out candy. She does like the floats as well but the candy is the big draw. The funny thing about that is she will eat a piece for a day or two, forget it is on top of the refrigerator until I throw it away 3 months later. Hmm, maybe I should save it and hand it out at Halloween???

This year the four of us met up with Grandma, Papa and Aunt Nina at the parade. It was kind of iffy with Zachary since he didn’t get a super long morning nap. And that kid can nap like nobody’s business! He did pretty well though. It turned out to be the perfect morning so he wasn’t too hot. We even ran into some mom friend’s of ours so he got to flirt while he was there.

He enjoyed the parade until the fire truck turned on its siren. That scarred the bejesus out of him. I was able to comfort him and get him down for a catnap. Emily, of course, had a blast. She waves at people as they walk by and dances when the bands march down the street. It still amazes me to see how much she has grown up.

This is one tradition that will definitely continue.

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