You have 5,345 things to do this holiday season. Now your children can pitch in and help with the Christmas Contributions Chore Chart.
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You have a lot to do to get ready for Christmas. Trying to get your children to do chores seems like the last logical solution.
But children are so excited, they are more likely to jump in and help. So this is a great time to introduce the Christmas Contributions Chore Chart.
Give your child the opportunity to contribute to your family. Watch their confidence and competence grow this season.
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Christmas Chore Chart
I’m not a big fan of traditional chore charts.
Do you know what I’m talking about? Those cute charts you find on Etsy or at Target with a thousand magnets to mark when your child has completed one of 12 different daily chores.
I think it starts with good intentions and then can be a source of guilt for both parents and children.
Instead, the Christmas Contributions Chore Chart just focuses on a few ways children can contribute to their families.
This way your child can experiment with a few chores and really focus on the idea of helping the family.
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These contributions put your child in the driver’s seat and allow their competence and confidence to soar.
Family Contributions Versus Chores
Being a human being means there are basic things we need to do: brush teeth, get dressed, bathe or shower, and eat.
One common pitfall for families is treating chores like a punishment. Don’t do this.
Shift your language to talking about chores as contributions. We are humans, we are part of a family, we take care of our home.
It’s not optional to participate but it’s far from a punishment.
Chores Children Can Do at Christmas
Here are some contributions your children can do this Christmas:
- put away their laundry
- pick up their toys
- make their bed
- wrap presents
- help with Christmas cards or write a note to other relatives
- help with decorating
- setting the table
- preparing the meal
- cleaning up afterward (i.e. wiping the table)
How to Use the Christmas Contributions Chore Chart
This chart is really easy to use:
- Print it for your child (scroll down).
- Put it on a clipboard.
- Discuss it with your child and instruct your child to choose some contributions.
- Allow your child time to color.
- Display the chart.
- Make sure the necessary supplies are easily available.
- Pre-teach anything that is essential to the contribution in your family (i.e. where does the dirty sponge go?)
Once your child starts doing their contribution:
- thank your child.
- use specific praise (“You really scrubbed that sticky spot.”)
- avoid criticism unless there is an immediate safety concern.
Nothing kills motivation for household chores more than criticism or “helpful hints.” In the future, you can pre-teach the chore again.
While starting chores seems like the last thing to add to your to-do list, this is actually the perfect time! Leverage your child’s excitement over the holidays and enjoy some help this season.