The first step is to make one of these:
This chore chart was sooooooo easy to make. It's just a $3 frame from Wal-Mart that I primed and spray painted (I used Krylon Nickel Satin finish). Then, I just printed out a list of each of their chores and popped the list in the frame. To add a little bit of fun, I used a Harry Potter font for Bug and a Ghostbusters font for Awesome. They were still kind of blah, so I let the boys each decorate their lists.
I gave each of the boys a skinny dry-erase marker, and every time they complete a chore, they get to check, X, or color in the box. Since they're writing on the glass, we just have to wipe them off to be used again!
Every evening at bed time, we'll be going over the lists, and for every box filled in, they receive 1 token which can be redeemed later for cash, extra snacks, or other items.
My favorite things about this project:
~ Easy and cheap to make
~ Easy to personalize for each child and make changes as needed
Another note about the lists - Bug's list has 18 items on it, but they are not all chores. I also included several things, like brushing his teeth and taking a shower, going to bed on time and getting up on time - things that they need to be doing, but we are constantly fighting with them about.
Tomorrow, I will be talking about the tokens mentioned above and our Token Store.