It came to my attention after several failed attempts in getting my 8 yr old daughter in a routine every day, I decided to create checklists for her to follow. She was not too fond of this idea because this way she will be held more accountable in her daily responsibilities.
I like to think of myself as a structured mom in some fashion, but with a toddler running around, things tended to slide when it came to her everyday tasks. It became a daily struggle between the two of us and quite frankly I was tired of feeling like the bossy mom. Constant reminders on everything in the morning, after-school, and picking up after herself.
As much as I tried showing her how important organization, self-care, and time management skills are at this age, I instantly get the “in-one-ear-out-the-other” look then she slowly takes her time or she does the opposite and gets them done as fast as she can-leaving it very sloppy.
When C was younger I implemented a chore chart for her right before kindergarten and she absolutely loved it! Time goes on and things went off track and here we are. C is SO used to how things are now around the house that as a mother I felt it was time for a daily checklist makeover that will put everything back in place!
I’m so excited to share with you this Kids Daily Checklist Bundle! I went ahead and made a more masculine bundle for the boys with less pink ;)I hope you enjoy them as much as we did. Be sure to grab these for your kids!
~Daily Chores-Morning-After School-Bedtime~
for girls & boys
Here’s how good ol’ mom introduced what is expected of her and how to do it right:
- Printed off the daily checklists and let her write & color whatever she wanted to make it hers.
- We talked over each one, answering ALL questions.
- Walk through side-by-side together for a week doing each & every task on the lists (showing her exactly how they are to be done- to mom’s standards)
- Maintain encouragement & give praise is very important, especially in the beginning.
Laminate or place in a picture frame to make reusing easy with a dry-erase marker each week!
When we explained each checklist, she knew exactly what was expected of her everyday without asking, without be told to do it, and lastly she began to look forward to it!
The daily chore list is tailored for elementary ages (6-11).
There are few exceptions as to what you as a parent would like your child to learn. For example, my daughter can use disinfecting wipes, window cleaner, and bathroom cleaner safely. I have not introduced toilet cleaning yet, but I feel depending on each child’s own level of responsibility a 9- 11 yr old could handle it.
I also did not include meal prep into chores, because I feel it’s not a chore but rather a learning experience. Take for example C; she can make sandwiches (using butter knives), her own breakfast (toast, oatmeal, cereal), pack her own lunch, open cans, and use the microwave. I have included her in baking several times, and feel she almost capable of baking a cake mix with little supervision. There is no definite age for children to acquire these skills, just remember all children are different. For goodness sake, I mean have you watched “Master Chef Junior”! Now those kids can cook!
I left a few spots open for your own personal touches!
My daughter loves to do her own thing so recently since the checklists, she has been offering to do everything and help out with sooo much around the house. I’m like WOW! YES be my guest! I’m beyond relief now that I no longer have to be the broken record of constant reminders.
Mornings are sooo much more smoother for the both of us and I noticed it’s put her in an accomplishing mindset right before school!
It seemed so easy for C to come home, hang her backpack up and jump right into playing. Next thing I know it’s bedtime and I find her room is destroyed, homework and papers are still in her backpack untouched.
I wholeheartedly believe in teaching our children independence and responsibility. Having an after school checklist really helps her, so she knows what all is expected before she decides to play. This has above all been her favorite daily checklist! 🙂
I hope your loving these checklists! Routine is my new best friend.
C’s bedtime checklist is pretty self explanatory and easy to follow which makes the evenings that much more simpler! I went ahead and changed it up a bit for her, since I noticed she was hurrying in the teeth department. Not much clean and whole lot of running water, that little stinker.
Well, it took some thinking on my part…but I remembered a little thing called the “2-min rule”. It’s quite simple really because it’s so easy to do that it’s hard to say no. Anytime I catch C being lazy with a task, I simple hit her with the 2-min rule and she gets it done almost under 2 minutes. Pretty genius!
So I added it on to get her to brush longer and form a healthy habit. In time, she will just know without looking at the clock how long she should be brushing. (I know some younger children cant tell time yet, but you still want them to develop this habit-try playing a 2 min song “this is how we brush our teeth”or set a timer.)
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Happy Organizing! Hope you’ll enjoy it as much as we did.