If you’d like to teach your children responsibility, this blank printable weekly chore chart is perfect for that!
With this printable, you can assign tasks and keep track of who completed their household duties.
In our house, the kids do age appropriate chores. My kids do all their chores UNPAID.
I am a big proponent of kids doing chores as a way to learn valuable life skills and because they are part of our family.
Nobody pays me to do household tasks, so I don’t pay them to do things around the house either.
I am a firm believer that every member of the household, from 6-year-olds to 12-year-olds to age 40 should pitch in.
I wrote more about the exact daily chores we give our children in this post: List of Everyday Chores Kids Can Do to Build Character
Free Printable Chore Chart Template
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You will receive the chore chart via email & you can open it as a PDF that you can save to your computer and print off as often as you need!
Tips for Using this Cute Family Chore Chart
Before you start using this chore chart for your family, you will want to make a list of all the daily household chores that need to be done. Then, decide who is going to take care of each one.
As I mentioned before, we assign age appropriate chores for our kids. It’s purely based on their age and what they are capable of.
We don’t necessarily break up the list of chores into equal effort because – let’s face it – a 10-year-old SHOULD be able to do MORE than a 5-year-old!
My kids don’t really gripe about that because I’ve explained this to them.
My kids (usually) willingly do their chores without complaining because they understand the reasoning behind the way I assign chores.
Some parents choose to tie rewards to chores. We do not. Chores are actually part of our allowance system (and probably not in the way you think)! We don’t pay for chores. Rather, we expect the kids to do their chores and then they get an allowance separately from that.
As they get older, we may consider finding ways to let them earn money from us, but for now (at ages 10, 8, and 6), we don’t tie money to chores.
If you are wondering how we approach money with our kids, here are some of the tools we use to teach our kids about money >>
Sample List of Daily Chores to Consider
Every family is different, but the chores listed below should be a good starting point:
- Taking out the trash (our son has done this since he was 4 years old)
- Sweeping and mopping
- Folding/putting away laundry (my 8-year-old’s favorite thing to do!)
- Loading/emptying dishwasher (what my almost 11-year-old specializes in)
- Cleaning one room
- Picking up toys
- Cleaning bathrooms
Tailor your list to your home, your family members, and what needs to be done each day!
Include all members of the family: even preschoolers and young children. They can do the most basic tasks, just to get them used to helping.
A child who learns to clean her plate off the dinner table can later learn to clean the entire counter and then the whole kitchen…incremental sets of responsibilities are like building blocks.
If your children are old enough, they can help you create this list of chores and divide up the tasks so that everyone is pitching in.
It is a fun way to get everyone involved with keep your home in order.
If you’d like to reuse the same list each week instead of printing it out over and over, you can DIY your own dry erase chore chart by inserting the printable into a plastic sheet protector like this and using dry erase markers.
Filling Out the Blank Printable Weekly Chore Chart
Once you have your list of chores ready and divided between the family members, it’s time to fill in this cute family chore chart.
Because this chart gives you room to check off tasks as they are done throughout the week, everyone can use the same chart if that’s easiest for you. (that’s how I do it).
So, when filling out the printable chore chart, I would do something like this:
Take out trash
Empty the dishwasher
This works great if you have multiple kids, since it lets you quickly look to see who is (or isn’t) completing their tasks. At the end of the week, you can reflect on the chart and decide if any changes need to be made before filling in a new free printable chore chart template for the next week.
There may be one member who has too many tasks, while another one has fewer than they should.
The great thing is you have a PDF saved to print a fresh chore chart each week. Make the changes as you see fit so that everyone is happily working together.
Keep the cute family chore chart stuck to the fridge with a magnet, so it’s always visible for everyone.
It will be a huge reminder, so no one will forget what they are supposed to be doing to help out around the house.
Plus, this helps teach your children responsibility, since they are all in charge of checking the chart to make sure their tasks are completed
More Ways to Get Kids to Do Chores
In case you’d like a version that doesn’t require printing, I also found some amazing alternatives for you on Amazon. I used one very similar to the “I Did It” one below for my kids when they were in preschool and they LOVED it!
These types of chore charts are reusable and don’t rely on a reward system.
The rewarding part about doing chores in a checklist manner is the satisfaction of completing the chore itself.
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How Else Can You Get Kids to Do Chores?
I’d love to hear from you – what ways you have tried that helped your kids get on board with chores?
What kinds of chores do you give your seven year old vs your thirteen year old? I’d love some examples!
It’s not the easiest route to take, but I’m so glad I stuck with our routines over the years.
Now that the kids are getting older, they know exactly what to do and what they’re capable of. It’s quite empowering for them!
7 Valuable Lessons to Teach your Kids about Money
If you are giving your children an allowance for their weekly chores, it’s not too early to start teaching them about money!
These valuable lessons allow them to make good financial decisions now, so that they have the right habits for spending and saving when they become adults.
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