We are in a new season at our house. I don’t know what to call it other than the throw-a-tantrum-for-no-reason season.
Like literally everything.
Fits over a particular cup. Fits over a food that we don’t even have. Fits over “my turn.” Fits over the wrong color of the dinosaur on a pull-up.
The struggle was particularly real in the mornings.
So I finally listened to my Parents as Teachers educator and made my own version of the classic chore chart.
I took the 1-year-old and now 3-year-old to the store and spent $5 total on poster board + 4 pack of paint dab markers.
The 3-year-old helped me pick out clip art images online of all the things we struggle to do cheerfully.
We settled on 8 tasks.
Go potty. Get dressed. Brush teeth. Comb hair. Shoes on/off. Bath. Book. Prayers.
Those are the things we are using as a starting point. Not all are a struggle.
We cut out the pictures and taped them to the poster. We stuck it on the side of the kitchen cabinet at a height they could reach.
We also went back over the pictures with packing tape after the 1-year-old thought it was fun to pick them off.
Every time they do one of these tasks they get to “put a dot” on the chart. Just getting to use the paint dab itself has been a reward and motivation.
I can see for the future– filling up the chart leading to a trip to the dollar store. For now, we will just use the dab markers.
We will also change this up once they master these routines without fuss. This can become a real chore chart in the future.
After a couple weeks of the “dot chart” as we call it, it has definitely been a tool to get the kids motivated and excited to do these routines.
It has cut down on the fit-throwing.
Cut-down is the main phrase there.
I would highly recommend this chore chart for toddlers if the struggle is real at your house.