Mmm. Yes. About the chore chart. We have had two actually.
In the past we had a 'chore chart' that was specifically for dish detail. One cleared, one loaded, one set and one swept. Simple. There was just a little chart on the refrigerator.
What I wanted by not having a chore chart was to teach my kids to recognize things that needed to be done and to do them. I wanted them to not be commanded in all things. I wanted them to serve our family by doing the dishes out of love, not because they were assigned. I wanted them to stay and finish help whoever until the work was done. It's a good idea right?
So I asked my children about having a chore chart. I explained to them what I thought they could learn by not having one. They voted to not have a chore chart. It was four to zero. They only asked that I would make a list of all the things that needed done and hung on the refrigerator until they learned all the dish chores better. Perfect!
Our housecleaning chores have never really been assigned. We have cards for how to do each job but we never use them. The kids have learned when I say "dust" they know what to do for example. I've always just assigned kids to do certain jobs that day. I'll say you dust, you clean the bathrooms, you vacuum and you do the laundry and they do them. Or on other days I'll say who wants to dust, clean the bathrooms....
After we get that down then I'm going to work on them doing the vacuuming and the bathrooms with out being assigned. That will be the day!
Again, this is just for our family, our personality and our schedule.
Oh, we now do our house hold chores for a couple of hours in the afternoon.