How To Make Chore Time Into a Fun Game for Kids

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I am sooooooo not a morning person!  After I roll outta bed in the morning, let me get a cup of coffee and let me be!  I know, I know... not very virtuous...   T is the exact opposite; he is ready to rock n' roll in the mornings! 

While the first part of my mornings consist of nursing Little Sis, checking blogs I follow, and sipping my coffee, I let T watch a little t.v.  But honestly because the kitchen is usually still messy from the night before, toys are scattered on the floor, and are beds are a mess...

I tend to sit longer than I should! 

The longer I sit, the more I don't want to get up!  And the longer that we are all sitting, the crankier we all become! 

So... now that I made myself sound so horrible and lazy, I'll tell you how I plan on changing that! 

In an effort to get our mornings started right, I created a Tic-Tac-Toe "Chore/ Responsibility" Chart for T ; ) While he is completing his chores, I do mine.  It's a win-win!  Then I feel somewhat accomplished when I sit down at the computer!


I made a 3x3 chart and in each square is something that T usually does everyday anyways...  The point is to get something done in the mornings so I don't feel we have wasted part of our morning waiting for me to wake up! 

In order for T to watch a morning show (which is his chosen reward), he needs to complete 3 tasks in a row-- Tic-Tac- Toe! 

Tasks that T can choose from are:

  • complete some schoolwork
  • vacuum
  • make bed
  • take a shower
  • empty dishwasher
  • organize his bookshelf
  • pick up cars/ trains
  • put away any clothes on the floor
  • and my favorite, Mom's Pick!




The concept is only a couple days old, but T looks forward to crossing off three chores!  Perhaps the new will wear off, but it's working... so I'm sticking with it! 

*Update: Just got to thinking of a way to change it up so my dear little one doesn't choose the three "easiest" ones... Print out chores on a card and insert them in a sheet that holds collectible baseball cards (or whatever), that way you can change them up!

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