Wednesday, September 1, 2010

{The Chore Cup}

I am trying a new idea at my house. I get tired of my elementary aged kids fighting over chores. I hear a lot of : “It’s not fair! I vacuumed/dusted/took out the trash/insert-chore-name-here last time.”   In an effort to curb the fighting, I am trying a Chore Cup. I don’t remember where I heard about the idea, but I figured it would be a great time to try it as we are adjusting to the new back-to-school routine.

What you do is put the chores on popsicle sticks and put them into a cup. At chore time, each child pulls out a stick and does the chore on the stick. I am trying a color coding system since my son hates some chores that daughter likes and vice versa. So some chore sticks will have a green dot for my sons chores, some a pink dot for daughter, and some will include both dots for either. I suppose the colored dots could also be used to label them for age (like pre-school chores on the orange dotted sticks, middle schoolers on the red dotted sticks.)

In order to make it fun, I also am including some other things that aren’t chores like play your favorite video game for 10 minutes, run a lap around the yard, draw a picture, etc…
I’ll keep you updated with how it works out for us.  If you try it, let me know how it works in your house.



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12 comments:

Fresh Start Academy said...

I may have to snag this idea
chores are going ok but there is some arguing over who should do what and how often
I will let you know how it goes

The Favour Shoppe said...

Great Idea!

Anisha said...

Ooohhh, I really like this idea!!! My girls always arguing and pout over who did what chore last, and I have so much going on I don't remember either, but this could work!!
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Bridget said...

This is a wonderful idea. I don't have kids, well, not human anyway. I have a dog (my furbaby <3). I bet your kids will love it, especially since there are fun things in there too....one observation - won't they look through the chores & pick the good ones?

Danielle said...

Love it....I am buying Popsicle sticks tomorrow!!!!

Aspiring Millionaire said...

This sounds like a great idea. My kids are too young, but I;ll be stashing it away for next year!

Thanks heaps.

Kelly - Smart and Trendy Moms said...

Bridget- They sure did try to look through and pick the good ones! I've made a "no peeking" rule though which is working well. :-) Thanks for the question, I'll add that info to the post.

Tara V said...

what a great idea!

Teresa said...

That's a fun, great idea! I am excited to hear the results of you trying this!

Farrielle Design and Fashionista said...

I love this, I am already thinking where did I put the popsicles sticks, or maybe I should just go get some. I can't wait to try this one out. Thank you for sharing.

Joyce said...

what a great idea! forget about kids i should do this for my husband and i..... no more "i dun want to vacuum! i dun want to fold the laundry!" :)

Misfit Momma aka Missy said...

May have to try with my kids! I would leave the fun things out with mine though, I can just see the ones who got an actual chore having a fit over that.