Lately, our chore system has not been working as well as it used to and I really needed to find a way to get us back on track so I was thrilled to get the opportunity to review The Everyday Family Chore System from Everyday Homemaking.
This is a great book available in digital or print versions. I definitely recommend the digital since you will want to print the forms in the back and printing as many copies as you like is easier than copying in my opinion! It is a quick read with lots of great tips.
The book is divided into three parts. Part one gives an overview and basic tips on child training that is a necessary foundation for getting kids to do chores. The second part contains instructions and a variety of tips for implementing the system. There are suggestions given on several different ways the program could look in your home so you can tailor it to fit your needs. The last section contains all of the forms you will need to implement the system.
I had been thinking we were going to have to scrap our chore system altogether and start from scratch but after reading the section on how to implement this system I was thrilled to realize I could incorporate the tools and tips provided in this book into my current system to make it function better. There were several ideas I was able to implement such as clothes-pinning the chore cards to my kids to help them stay focused.
The instruction cards, which are provided in a printable format, are a wonderful tool and have reduced the amount of assistance and correction my kids need by spelling out exactly what is expected. The provided cards are wonderful and help to get the system going right away and I will be slowly replacing each of them with personalized cards tailored to my own home and preferences.
As I have time I will also be incorporating pictures and instructions posted on the wall into our cleaning and chore system to provide my kids with even more guidance and direction for completing chores thoroughly and correctly.
One of my very favorite parts of this book is the comprehensive list of chores that children should be able to complete at specific ages. The list gives both a suggested age to start teaching the chore and an age at which the child should be able to complete the chore independently. This is so helpful for me both in closing chores to assign and keeping realistic expectations of my children. I will also be using it as a sort of checklist of skills that my kids should be learning at specific ages. Even if that particular chore is not a child’s regular chore I will make sure they do it for a time in the specified age so that they know how to do it when they are out on their own.
This is a great resource for any busy mom. It is flexible can be used on its own as a complete chore system or you can incorporate the tips and tools into your current chore system.
Let me know in the comments if you plan to try out The Everyday Family Chore System.
This is a Review Crew review. Vicky Bentley has also written Everyday Cooking which was reviewed by several crew members. Click the graphic below to check out more reviews on both titles!