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Chores: Tic-Tac-Toe Style!

April 09, 2012

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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42 comments :

MaryAnne said...

I love this idea! What a great way to make chores a bit more exciting :)

Thank you for linking up to Learning Laboratory at Mama Smiles =)

Trina said...

I love this!!! I so need to do something similar for my boys! Visiting from Teach Me Tues linky party! Thanks for sharing!

Carla at Preschool Powol Packets said...

Oh, I just love this! I'm totally going to do something very similar for my daughter! I've just recently been brainstorming different chore chart ideas for her--she's certainly old enough to clean her own room! ;) Thanks for sharing this at Teach Me Tuesday!! I'm pinning it too!

Kim Payne said...

Great idea! I can't wait to try it!

Shannah @ Just Us Four said...

Haha...I can totally relate! If I don't have my coffee first, it is probably best if you don't tal to me.

I love this idea! It looks like fun for the kids but also gets things accomplished!

Chrissy Taylor said...

This is great! My little guy LOVES tic tac toe! This is a wonderful idea! Would you consider sharing this over at my link party?
http://www.thetaylor-house.com/2012/04/taylor-house-thursday-3.html

Lorie said...

What a great idea! I sit too long in the mornings because I dread facing the dinner dishes too! :)

Thanks for linking this up to Kid's Co-op!

Keitha said...

This is a great idea! I need to get chores going for my kiddo. We were doing great for awhile and then I slacked off on holding him responsible for his chores. I may try your tic-tac-toe chart.

Carolyn @ Mama's Little Muse said...

This looks great! What a fun and creative way to motivate a child! Thank you!

SusanD1408 Crochet Addict said...

Love the idea. think i might try that with my little one :-)

Eva {Tales of the Scotts} said...

What a really smart idea. I may need to try something like this with my toddler. Thanks for sharing.

Chiwei @ One Dog Woof said...

Great idea! My little one isn't old enough yet, but maybe I'll do it for myself, so I can motivate myself to exercise, do the laundry and clean the dishes before plopping down in front of the tv!

Krissy Sherman Bonning said...

This is GENIUS to make chores a game. I really like how you make the TV show a reward. I really need to reign in my little ones' excessive tv watching. Thanks for the inspiration and for sharing with the Kids Co-Op this week!

Shiloh said...

I absolutely love this idea! There are so many fun ways you can use it. I'll definitely be using it at some time.:)

Kali at The Vintage Milk House said...

This is GREAT! We've just really started getting into Chores and this is PERFECT! Thanks for sharing! I found you via Juggling with Kids and am now following via GFC. I would love for you to stop by The Vintage Milk House when you have time! Have a fabulous weekend! - Kali

Mama Jodi said...

What a great, motivating idea. Great work!

Kristina said...

Thank you for stopping by! Yes! It has been great so far... two weeks in and he knows exactly what to do in the mornings ; ) And he enjoys picking three things without getting overwhelmed!

Kristina said...

Too funny... Yes, notice how all this started was because *I* lack motivation in the mornings ; )

Kristina said...

Yes, kids love "games" don't they?! Who knew cleaning could be fun?! : )

Kristina said...

I'm glad I am not the only one :)

Kristina said...

Two weeks in, he is still interested! Although, I may have to switch a few squares around... he has his favorites ; ) I hope it works for you and your kiddo!

Kristina said...

Thank you! I hope it is as *fun* for your kiddo(s) as it is for mine!

Kristina said...

I'm glad I am not the only one! My poor kids are just so happy in the morning.. and then there is me! Lol!

Trina said...

Hi Kristina! I loved this idea so much I ran to my computer to make my own tic tac toe chart too for my boys and then I blogged all about it and linked to you and sent you a "shout out"! Thanks again for this awesome idea!!
Trina
http://teachingmyblessings.blogspot.com/2012/04/new-chore-chart-tic-tac-toe-style.html

Kristina said...

Stopping by to take a look! So glad you were able to implement it in your home!!

Marci said...

I think I will have to try this one with my girls.

Mel @theswagmom said...

Genius! I'm thinking my preschooler will L-O-V-E this one!

CacheyMama said...

Thanks for linking up to Thinky Linky Thursday!
Lori @ Cachey Mama’s Classroom

Carla at Preschool Powol Packets said...

Hi again! I just wanted to let you know that this was one of the most clicked on links at Teach Me Tuesday, and I'm featuring it today!!

Marnie @ Carrots are Orange said...

What a great idea! So creative! Thank you for sharing...

Chrissy Taylor said...

Thank you so much for sharing this at my party! You are being featured tonight! I hope you stop and link up again! :)

Shawna said...

I love this idea! What a great way to motivate kids to do chores that they may not normally enjoy doing.

Trish - Mom On Timeout said...

Love this! Anything that grabs their interest and motivates is awesome! Thanks so much for sharing at Mom On Timeout!

Beth (www.livinglifeintentionally.blogspot.com) said...

This is SO creative!! What a fabulous idea and I bet it is really motivational =-) I am featuring this at TGIF - http://livinglifeintentionally.blogspot.com/2012/04/tgif-linky-party-26.html - Thanks for linking up & sharing your creativity with all of us! I look forward to seeing what you link up this week!
Beth =-)

Terri Thompson said...

This is such a great idea! Thanks for sharing it on the Kid's Co-op! I just wanted to let you know that I'm featuring it as one of my favorites from last week!

Kristina said...

Thank you for featuring our chart and for another great place to link up!

Kristina said...

Yes! Before when I asked him to do these things, he would grumble... but now that he gets to choose the first three he wants to do in the morning, he is game!

Kristina said...

Beth-- Thanks for the feature and providing a great linky party! Look forwad to linking up this week : )

Kristina said...

I am honestly so humbled that this has recieved a such a great response! I hope others find it useful in their home! Thanks for featuring it : )

Aimee @ Classified: Mom said...

I just wanted to stop by to tell you that this is so awesome it is being featured this week on the The Sunday Showcase Have a wonderful week-

Aimee & Bern

Bethany said...

That is such a cute idea! I will have to try it with my kids when they get bigger.

Joni Chism said...

Just found this on Pinterest. What a great idea. I'm going to be creating one as well and instilling a little healthy competition between my girls on who can get three in a row first. Plus this way all their chores will be getting done! Thanks for helping me be a sneaky mom. :D

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