As parents of three young kids, Keith and I have struggled to find a good way to implement a chore system. I bought this massive book, complete with “chore packs”. The kids loved it, for a couple of days. But the chore packs and cards were easily lost, and there wasn’t a real sense of accountability. It just wasn’t a good fit for us.
After some searching online, I was made aware of a program called Accountable Kids. Using a simple progress board, it’s actually very easy to organize, and keep track of what my kids have done each day. And since they can see it too, it gives them that sense of accomplishment and importance to the family.
Accountable Kids is designed to teach accountability and responsibility in the home. If the kids do their chores, they are able to use their tickets for everyday things, like going to the library, watching a TV show, playing a board game, etc. They can also earn bonus bucks for extra chores, as well as a couple of other incentives based on learning good habits, and being on their best behavior.
The program has different phases, so you don’t jump in all at once. This has been great for our family, as the kids are at different levels, both socially, and physically. So while Rowan is now using the whole program, Bria is still figuring out the first few steps.
I’m so glad that I have found Accountable Kids. There is no longer any question as to who does what, and when to do it. It is all very clear, and the kids know what is expected of them. I highly recommend this program for parents of small children. It really does help them to feel important, like part of the team, and like they have some control over what they do each day.