How To Make Chore Time Into a Fun Game for Kids
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
- 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!
*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!