School is done for the year, which means it’s time to break out the famous, Evil Mommy approved, summer chore chart for tweens and teens!
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This is something I developed about five years ago and now I regularly share it with my mom friends. It’s a simple, yet effective system that anyone can follow.
The summer chore chart for tweens and teens is based around three concepts:
- Making your children do basic chores because they are part of the family.
- Letting your kids earn privileges, like electronics, by completing chores
- Giving your children the opportunity to earn money by doing extra chores.
To sum it up, the summer chore chart for tweens and teens teaches your kids about responsibility and contributing to the family. It also gives them an early lesson on the workforce and making money.
The most common questions about the summer chore chart for tweens and teens are answered below, but if you have other questions, you can always comment below or email me directly using the contact button.
Can we use it year-round?
You sure can! I call is the “summer chore chart” because during the school year, I personally feel that my kids need to focus on school. I tell them that from September to June, school is their job. Of course, they still help out around the house, but there is not a daily minimum like we have in the summer.
However, you can easily use it year round. You could even add school related tasks on there, like finishing homeworking or being ready for school on time. Your house, your rules, so adapt it to your liking!
How does the summer chore chart for teens work?
You will love how easy this chore chart is! Either print out a copy for each child or let them all use the same one. I personally print out one copy at the beginning of each week and put it on the fridge.
When one of my kids completes a task, they put their initials in the box that corresponds to that task and day of the week. If your kids have the same initials, you could give them different symbols or stickers to use so they can mark off what they have completed.
Before the kids can use electronics (and yes, this includes their phones), they need to verify with me that they have enough points. It’s a bonus math lesson too!
Sometimes I do have to double check their work and make sure it was done properly. If they do a shoddy job, I make them do it again or I don’t give them the points.
For example, I spent an entire summer trying to teach them that when you sweep, you should actually move things, like the trash can, instead of sweeping around it. Again, I try to think of this as a life lesson. They will need to know how to do basic chores when they move out and I’m simply helping them learn early.
It seems like a very simple chore chart. Is that really all you make your kids do?
Truth be told, I make my kids do a lot more than what is actually on the chore chart. That, my friends, is what the bonus points line is for! If you have another job that needs to be done, you can add it on there and assign the points value.
Or, if one of my kids is being especially teenager-ish that day, I’ll think up a horrible task, like scrubbing walls, digging fence posts or scooping dog poop and assign it to them. Trust me, they have learned over the years that acting up in this house leads to manual labor.
What is the “Bonus Points” section?
If I come up with a chore that is not on the list, I’ll offer bonus points to the kid who wants to do it. Think of it like an “Other” line.
For example, one of our dogs needs to be brushed every other day (he’s a Labradoodle with very curly hair) and I’ll give 75 points to the kid who volunteers. Or maybe you want to offer bonus points if they unload the groceries or for random acts of kindness.
Do you really make them earn points to live there?
Yup, I sure do! Here is my theory – we are a family and everyone needs to contribute to running the family. When you look at the summer chore chart for tweens and teens, you can see that it is really easy to earn the minimum daily points. They are really only things they should be doing anyway, like taking a shower and putting their clothes in the hamper. None of the tasks on the chore chart are particularly difficult, especially when everyone pitches in and does a little bit of work.
I like to think that we are teaching the kids that in a cohesive family, everyone needs to work together. The house will keep running smoothly if everyone pitches in.
What if they don’t want to use the summer chore chart for teens?
Well, this is where you need to channel your inner Evil Mommy and be the boss. Read this article if you aren’t sure how to do this.
Remember, they only have to do the bare minumum. My kids value their phones and computers so they always do extra to earn using them. And if they want money for the latest video game or trendy new clothes, they need to save money and buy it themselves.
Do they ever get a day off? What about vacations?
Again, totally up to you! I don’t make my kids do specific chores on vacation. However, they understand that we all help around the house. They are used to helping so they usually pitch in without being asked.
How can I get a copy of the summer chore chart for teens?
Easy . . . just click HERE and I’ll email it to you!