My kids are home. A lot. In fact, there’s no school again until the rest of the year for most.
I love having my kids home in the summer. It is one of my favorite times of year, and I have the luxury of cutting back my work to spend more time with them.
This, however, was not planned.
One day they are going to school, and I’m getting a full day of work in. The next day, I’m like many of you, juggling my computer time, their schoolwork, and all the things our AMAZING TEACHERS do every single day.
I’ve seen floating around this concept of the Chore Store. However, on searching the internet, I couldn’t find much in the way of existing templates and systems to make it easy.
So what did I do? I made YOU A FREE PRINTABLE!
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All jobs matter
Let me introduce you to The Chore Store, the Happy Simple Mom version.
I feel like now, more than ever, children need to learn the value of all the jobs, even the ones that aren’t fun to do or seen as insignificant to others, as all jobs matter.
We have grocery workers, trash collectors, and postal workers keeping our communities running. They do this because every job matters, and my children need to learn the same at home too.
(This comes after my 7 year old cried a few weeks ago when I told her to take out her bathroom trash. She wailed, saying this was not a suitable job for a 7 year old. Excuse me?! Looks like you’ve got trash duty going forward chica!)
Anyways, I digress.
Here’s how The Chore Store works:
1 – Download your new chore store printable.
I’ve tried to make implementing the chore store idea super easy for you.
I’ve also made it completely customization, so it works with any age, parent dictated privileges, money type distribution.
2 – Get your chore store money ready.
Next, find some money to use. You can pay your kids real money, but mine are young, and I firmly believe caring for a home is the responsibility of all family members.
If my kids fulfill their responsibilities for caring for our home, then then earn privileges.
Anyways, that’s why the values are so large in the printable.
I like the Learning Resources money, as it looks real, and I get to teach my kids how to handle money. They also get to learn how to work for what they want!
3 – Get your Chore Store prices and prizes planned.
I’ve included pre-filled sheets and blank sheets in the chore store printable.
The first sets of sheets include chores that can be done and what they pay.
I gave a higher value to jobs I hate, like floors and laundry. I gave a lower value to jobs they are expected to do anyway, like getting ready and doing homework.
You have blank sheets, so do you.
The second set of pages include the items in the Chore Store. I bought individual size chips, snacks, and other like items, and added values to them.
In addition to snacks, I listed out privileges like screen time, recipes of choice, a no chore day, etc.
Again, you have blank sheets to list out your Chore Store items.
Finally, the last sheet is for the kiddos to track their chores.
Some rewards listed may or may not be relevant. No biggie. Scratch them out, or use the template to create your own. I tried to put a variety in there for all ages.
The cost of items will depend on the type of money you use too.
Payday for The Chore Store
I’ve experimented paying nightly and weekly.
Personally, I prefer nightly pay days with my kids, as they are young, and they need constant reminders to be motivated.
I use a yellow highlighter to check off the work they completed and then issue payments.
I usually do pay day at the end of our school day and after most of the chores are done.
The Chore Store works!
Y’all, my kids made my bed yesterday! They cleaned their rooms this morning. They stayed outside for three hours. They swept, vacuumed, and cleaned up dinner.
They got paid for all of their “jobs”.
Then, my 8 year old “bought” ice cream BEFORE dinner. My 7 year old “bought” video games on her tablet (something I never allow).
They still get their healthy snacks every day in the afternoon, but they also get the choice to have a sweeter treat now, with their own money.
It’s been so fun to watch them work hard, “save their money”, and negotiate with each other what they can share if they put their money together.
Enjoy!!! Us mamas are in this fight together!!