The Original Job Jar Household Chore System
Luck of the Draw
The luck of the draw concept, working successfully, was the catalyst for designing the “Job Jar” in 1989. My kids were 5, 11 and the 34 year old husband. Bottom line … You picked it. You own it.
People always ask me how I came up with the Chore Charts and Job Cards … honestly … they represented ALL of the jobs that I was *doing all by myself.
*This is no time to judge me. I was a classic enabler. My daughter didn’t dress herself until she was 6.
Although, I will not guarantee that people still won’t start throwing themselves around … all we can do is hope for the best:)
Gathered the family around the dinner table that night and handed out a Chore Chart for each of the kids (ages 5 & 11). I was a little surprised how excited they were and watched them immediately put their name on their respective charts
Everyone had a chance, including my husband, to pick one of our agreed upon “Job Cards” out of the “Job Jar.” Those additional chores were added those to the “Chore Charts.”
We discussed allowance, rewards and the points that it would take for them to earn those fabulous prizes. Jotted that all down on the Reward Center and posted it alongside the “Chore Charts” on the fridge.
That first week I watched my family … banish dust bunnies, feed the dogs everyday, clean out the garage, rake leaves, jackets hung, homework done, backpacks put away, teeth brushed, beds made and the kitchen sink never looked so good.
Committed to 21 days and amazed that many, not all, of the chores had started to become a habit … what more could a mother ask for?
JUST KEEP IN MIND … rewarding behavior, while teaching the habit of becoming responsible, is the 2nd most important part of this learning process … the 1ST is trying to remember that no one cleans like you do!
Lighten up and see the good in the work. ALWAYS A WORK IN PROGRESS!
Until it becomes a part of life …. follow the directions and keep moving forward. You can do this!
The easiest way to put the”Job Jar”to use in 15 minutes or less:
- Click here to find the printable the “Job Jar” Family Chore System.
- Find a wide mouth jar large enough to stick your hand into … hats work too!
- Have a family meeting.
- Sort through the Job Cards that represent the weekly chores.
- Drop the Job Cards into the Job Jar,
- Have everyone take a turn picking a Job Card from the Job Jar, or hat.
- Everyone should hold onto their card(s) until they have a copy of the …
- Weekly Chore Chart that they can call their very own.
- Write the Weekly Job Card task(s) onto the Chore Chart from the card(s) chosen.
- Return Job Cards to jar for next weeks drawing.
- Check off the Daily Chores already listed on the Chore Chart, as they are completed.
- Add up totals at the end of your week.
- Reward, based on your value system.
- Start again.
Quite Simply the Easiest Way to Get Things Done!
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The Original Job Jar Household Chore Systems 16 page PDF document can be downloaded instantly here … or contact me if you need it emailed.