Disclaimer: I got this package because I am in the Fox Home Entertainment Insiders program. No other compensation was given. All opinions are my own.
My son got a sweet package in the mail a little while ago.
Along with a cool Turbo racing snail toy (which has been everywhere thanks to his love for the movie and some fun goodies we got a chore chart.
Chore time was something I waited until he was four for because I knew Lil’ Wonder would mess up any start we had made.
Unfortunately, now that he’s almost six months old we were still having problems getting routines in place because, well, at the end of the day, I’m too tired to help him finish cleaning his playroom or too busy cleaning other things after dinner and Mr. Wonder deserves a chance to sit for a bit after a day of work.
Motivation was needed.
This #TurboFastFun package came at just the right time.
If I had beat him to opening, I would have been able to hide some of the goodies to use as incentives BUT, oh well.
Instead, we’ve devised a slightly different plan.
How to make a goals/chore chart
First, we did a week of ‘practice’ since I also was making a routine and he helped me brainstorm what he could do to earn a ‘check’ next to a ‘goal’ for the week.
We filled the page because, well, lists are fun but Wonder Boy showed that he didn’t quite get the concept yet by the last two entries, which I still wrote down but seriously, how can one have a goal of ‘You’re the coolest racing snail’ except Turbo?
I cheated by using my printer to copy off the original and save the stickers for this round, but the stickers were a big incentive for Wonder Boy to want to race off and earn a check mark.
The goals that will stay in place week after week will be
- cleaning shoes after preschool (there’s enough sand for the Sahara coming home every day, he gets to dump them out outside and place them by the front door with the rest)
- clean up toys (this is typically a before bed time chore, but I will allow check marks if he does as much as I ask him to do, and may include helping pick up at a friend’s house after a play date if he needs to earn one that day)
- put away sorted laundry (he helps sort but isn’t ready to sort and put away. If I make the piles and match the socks it’s a 30-second job for him and a good one)
- drink two cups of water ( because your body needs water too)
- Take care of Lil’ Wonder (explained later)
Want to make a goals chart too?
Depending on the age and needs, there are so many options for things to ‘check’ off and plenty of ways to make a way of tracking it, including charts like my #TurboFastFun chart and a multitude of options on Pinterest.
It can be as simple as a calendar with stickers, a white board with dry-erase markers or a crafted project with hooks to move the completed chores from ‘to-do’ – to ‘done’.
Here are some ideas for the preschool set for goals or chores:
Clean room/ Put away toys
Put Away Laundry
Play with sibling nicely
Set the Table
Eat three bites of a new food
Make a habit of rewarding
I also love the idea of using a goals/chore chart as a way to ‘reward’ too.
On our chart there is an option for taking care of baby brother.
While I don’t expect my oldest to feed him or change his diaper or even move him ( he is almost half his weight and growing!) I have been working from home and I ask Wonder Boy to ‘be in charge’ of him while I make a phone call.
Even though I am still keeping my ears and my eyes out for him, that means my son is there to help him with the toy when he in frustrated or help console him until I can get there or even just keep him company. Wonder Boy loves to ‘be in charge’ and takes it seriously, and for that, since that is a help to me and not considered an actual chore, I reward him when he helps me.
What to get out of it
For our chart, we will be rewarding per amount of check made, since every day is a new adventure and we don’t always have time to clean up toys, aren’t around to make a mess, or spend the day at Grandmama’s and well, juice must flow out of her faucet instead of water.
So for [insert a proper number of checks because I haven’t decided yet) Wonder Boy will be treated to breakfast on the way to preschool by getting a breakfast burrito at McDonald’s.
This also helps me because it’s had to get Wonder Boy to eat breakfast and I know that he will work to earn that burrito.
As needs change the reward will change- a date with Daddy, screen time, etc.
So if you’re planning one, make sure the reward meets a ‘need’ as well as a ‘want’ for both of you to be on board!
If you’ve ever had a goals or chore chart, as a kid or grown up, or use one in your home – what incentive/rewards do you use?