You all know what a fan I am of our chore chart. It is heaven. We gave it a much-needed break this summer, but it is back in full session now that school has started. And, speaking of school, it was a great week. Well, mostly great, except I was already tired of announcing the “rundown” of after school things they needed to do. My kids have household chores which are found on the chore chart, but things like “put up your backpack” or “fill up your water bottle” didn’t really have a place on the master list.
Enter: the After School Chore Checklist
I whipped these up in InDesign (because that’s what graphic designers do), laminated them and prayed they would work. Four days in and so far, they’re a success. If you want to download your own PDF file, here ya go: after school list_generic. Let’s get into the details, shall we?
1. My kids got their own list, color coded using their family color. Every child in our house has a color and we use it for things like toothbrush holders, bean bags, luggage tags, mealtime glasses, etc. It will simplify your life. You can quote me on that.
2. I even made it SUPER easy and bolded the key word, allowed room for remembering school activities and made a space for writing down special things like “bring cookies Friday” or “show and tell on Tuesday.” You know, because a mom likes more than 15 minutes notice she was supposed to bring 400 dozen cookies to class.
3. I affixed them to the refrigerator, using magnets.
4. Each child is responsible for checking off their tasks, using the dry erase marker (also attached to the fridge with magnets).
5. How do I enforce it? You don’t eat dinner until all your tasks are complete.
Winner, winner. Chicken dinner.