Who is ready for some CHORES?

I can hear the groans already 😉

Taking a break from your regularly scheduled Bella Gypsy programming to share something personal with you. I worked on a project for my family today and as soon as I was done, I knew I had to share it with our fans even though it’s not BG related!

My kids are 5, 6, and 12. They are middle-of-the-road when it comes to chores. They don’t love them but they don’t sass me too much about them either. Usually. But the magnet system we’ve been using isn’t working as well for us so we’re tucking it away for now. We may revisit it someday again.

I came up with this solution to solve 3 issues.

1. The chores have to get done and I want to raise kids who will do their part. But it’s hard to make it FUN!

2. My kids don’t like to save money. If they have a dollar in their pocket, they have a dollar to spend. I frequent the dollar store for paper towels and toothpaste, etc every week…so they are constantly tempted to spend any money they get!

3. My kids frequently ask for bigger toys and I’m not willing to indulge most of the time unless it’s Christmas or a birthday. They want the opportunity to earn the money to purchase those things.

I decided to do a punch card. I used my colleague Kristin Aagard’s digital scrapbook kit, A Perfect Mess.

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I designed some 3.5″x2″ punch cards, using 8 bubbles for the punch spots.

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Once I flattened my cards in .jpgs, I placed one on an 8.5″x11″ canvas and duplicated it so that there were 10 cards on my sheet. I had them printed on heavy cardstock at my local Office Depot.

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I knew though, that I had to set some guidelines on what the kids would need to do in order to have their card punched. I listed some examples…though clearly there are a ton more things that will crop up that they can earn card punches for!

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These are things that my 5, 6 and 12 year old are capable of doing. Will they wash the baseboards often? I doubt it. Will they earn a card punch every day for bed making? Probably! So I know it will be a lot of repetition, but that’s totally okay 🙂

Then it was time to set guidelines and unveil the system to the kids.

1. It’s your job to keep up with your card. If you misplace yours, I’ll give you another one but you’ll be starting from scratch.

2. You may redeem 3 cards per week.

3. A full punched card is worth $1 if you want to spend it immediately. If you put it in your piggy bank and save for a goal, it’s worth $1.50.

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My goal is for this to help teach my kids more responsibility, the value of earning their own toys, and saving for them. They also get pretty bored during the summers and this gives them something to work towards besides just watching cartoons and going to the pool. When I showed them the chart, handed them their cards, and pinned a stack of ones to my bulletin board, they squealed and immediately began talking about what they were going to save for. I’ll keep you posted as to how it goes! Do you think you might like to try a system like this with your kiddos?

9 thoughts on “Who is ready for some CHORES?

  1. Oh fantastic idea! I hope it works well – mine sass me when it comes to chores and I’ve been trying to come up with a new way. Can’t wait to see how this works out for all of y’all!

  2. This is fabulous! I have been trying to come up with a chore system that is fun and easy to track. My kids have punch cards from a local ice cream shop and they love getting them punched and think they are so cool, so maybe this is a chore system they will enjoy too. I like that you made a list of choices, so they don’t *have* to do the same certain number of the same certain chores every day and they can choose what they would like to do. That’s definitely something that would go over big with my boys, maybe make them feel important in that they can choose. I know what I’ll be doing tonight… making punch cards! Thanks for sharing!!

  3. LOVE THIS!! I even have this kit and have already made my own house chore lists with it. My kids are a little older, so I might need to up the value a little … but this is BRILLIANT!!!

  4. That is so awesome!! I absolutely love the idea of it being worth more if they want to save!! I already have a rewards jar set up for my 4 y/o and she gets a pom pom in her jar every time she does a good deed or chores, but I really like this idea!!

  5. Wow what a fantastic idea! I like the idea that they can earn a little more if they save the card. I have one that would totally save and one that probably would want to spend. I hope this works for you and you have a pretty clean home this summer as well as some fiscally smart kids! Thanks for sharing!

  6. What a Brilliant idea!!!!

    Wish I had these when mine were young….but I will send them to my Daughter for my Grand Children to use.

    Cheers Pat…

  7. Would you be willing to send me your template for punch cards and chore card chores? I LOVE this!!

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