I always get comments, "Do your kids ever work or do they just play?" Believe me, they work! Their friends even ask why I make my kids do so many chores. I tell them that we have a big family with way too many chores for ONE mom to do. It takes all of the kids help to keep us organized.
I also get questions of how their chore chart is set up. I believe that chores are like any other job that you may have, you need to have a detailed outline of what is expected of you. On each card I have a list of what needs done daily and then stars by what needs to be completed on Saturday. Under each "House Room" card is their "Bedroom" and "Bathroom" cards. I just updated it and thought I would share it. I printed out their pictures and slipped them in plastic magnetic frames. The magnetic clips are nice for clipping allowance money, notes, or extra jobs on.
Each kid is in charge of a house room for the week and then the magnets are rotated Monday morning. I love that they are encouraging others to pick up their messes so that their room stays clean and I'm not the one constantly nagging everyone to pick up. They feel possessive of their "house" room.
On top of the cards (I know I'm a taskmaster) they have to complete two extra jobs. There is always PLENTY that needs to be done. An extra job can be anything from taking out all trashes, checking the mail, sweeping the front step, pulling weeds... just little things that need to be done. When they are all done I LOVE the house and feel like we can do something fun.
Help with the dishes are regulated by the day. With it all outlined there is never a "Why Me?" or complaining. That's just the way it is set up and our routine that we are used to.
AND can I say that I LOVE routine and LOVE all the help in getting the work done.