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{The Chore Cup}

I am trying a new idea at my house. I get tired of my elementary aged kids fighting over chores. I hear a lot of : “It’s not fair! I vacuumed/dusted/took out the trash/insert-chore-name-here last time.”   In an effort to curb the fighting, I am trying a Chore Cup. I don’t remember where I heard about the idea, but I figured it would be a great time to try it as we are adjusting to the new back-to-school routine.

What you do is put the chores on popsicle sticks and put them into a cup. At chore time, each child pulls out a stick and does the chore on the stick. I am trying a color coding system since my son hates some chores that daughter likes and vice versa. So some chore sticks will have a green dot for my sons chores, some a pink dot for daughter, and some will include both dots for either. I suppose the colored dots could also be used to label them for age (like pre-school chores on the orange dotted sticks, middle schoolers on the red dotted sticks.)

In order to make it fun, I also am including some other things that aren’t chores like play your favorite video game for 10 minutes, run a lap around the yard, draw a picture, etc…
I’ll keep you updated with how it works out for us.  If you try it, let me know how it works in your house.

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Kelly loves reading, being creative, the outdoors, and spending time with family and friends. She has an online clip art and digital designs store called Electric Paper Designs

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  1. Fresh Start Academy says:

    I may have to snag this idea
    chores are going ok but there is some arguing over who should do what and how often
    I will let you know how it goes

  2. The Favour Shoppe says:

    Great Idea!

  3. Anisha says:

    Ooohhh, I really like this idea!!! My girls always arguing and pout over who did what chore last, and I have so much going on I don't remember either, but this could work!!
    http://www.happychaoticfamily.com

  4. Bridget says:

    This is a wonderful idea. I don't have kids, well, not human anyway. I have a dog (my furbaby <3). I bet your kids will love it, especially since there are fun things in there too….one observation – won't they look through the chores & pick the good ones?

  5. Danielle says:

    Love it….I am buying Popsicle sticks tomorrow!!!!

  6. Aspiring Millionaire says:

    This sounds like a great idea. My kids are too young, but I;ll be stashing it away for next year!

    Thanks heaps.

  7. Kelly - Smart and Trendy Moms says:

    Bridget- They sure did try to look through and pick the good ones! I've made a "no peeking" rule though which is working well. :-) Thanks for the question, I'll add that info to the post.

  8. Tara V says:

    what a great idea!

  9. Teresa says:

    That's a fun, great idea! I am excited to hear the results of you trying this!

  10. Farrielle Design and Fashionista says:

    I love this, I am already thinking where did I put the popsicles sticks, or maybe I should just go get some. I can't wait to try this one out. Thank you for sharing.

  11. Joyce says:

    what a great idea! forget about kids i should do this for my husband and i….. no more "i dun want to vacuum! i dun want to fold the laundry!" :)

  12. Misfit Momma aka Missy says:

    May have to try with my kids! I would leave the fun things out with mine though, I can just see the ones who got an actual chore having a fit over that.

  13. Janine says:

    This is a great idea! My kids are a little older, but it’s a blended family, so I think this will work! :) They used to solve the chore argument with Rock, Paper, Scissors. I like this WAY better.