I’m all for incentivizing good and behavior. However, I kicked off this parenting gig being pretty lax about enforcing rules. In practice, I ended up exacting the most benign of punishments, often failing to follow through with both consequences and rewards.
And so a few years ago, mildly annoyed by yet another request for a random toy request (which was preceded and followed by terrible behavior, I might add), I decided that it was time for a chore chart. Not just any chore chart though— I wanted to make sure the boys would be as invested in the process as I was, and I wanted them to have full ownership over their individual results.
Why should you use a responsibility and reward chart?
To learn why self-sufficiency, consistency, hard work, dedication, and teamwork all matter. Oh— and saving too! (All quite wonderful lessons to put them on the path to being responsible adults… right? 🤞)
Here’s what you’ll need to start:
- This free parenting printable responsibility and reward binder kit, (Free!)
- A nifty binder— We’re using 1/2″ Durable Avery binders, but I’m also pretty partial to customized binders from Zazzle.
- A working printer + paper to print out the rewards chart and all your weekly responsibility and point tracking charts