Teaching kids independence and responsibility is as easy as 1-2-3 with these awesome kids’ checklists printables!
As a homeschooling mom of three children, in three different grades, who also runs a blog, life is pretty busy!
There are no doubts I am outnumbered here. They are three and I am just one to do everything. Well, I don’t really have to do everything because they need to know that they also have their share of responsibilities in our house.
It is very important for us, as parents, to teach our children very early in life to be careful and responsible for what God has entrusted in our hands: toys, clothes, money, food, our house, etc. As I learned from a friend, we are not raising kids – we are raising adults! Adults who we want to be independent and responsible.
How to Teach Kids Independence and Responsibility
1- Have a Routine in Place:
To teach kids independence and responsibility, have a routine in place. I am not talking about a set schedule for everything, but a routine that flows naturally with your family rhythms.
In my almost nine years as a mother, I have always run better having a routine in place. I also notice that having a routine in place makes my children feel somehow grounded, they know what they are expected to do when they get up when they finish their meals, or what time they need to go to bed. Not that they ever go to bed when they are supposed to! But that’s another story.
As a mom who needs to run a house, to teach three different grades to my children, and to work from home every day, having a plan in place makes my days run smoother. A routine takes the guessing factor from my daily plans. I have a plan in hand and a list to follow. You can learn more about our homeschool routine here
2- Use Colorful Kids’ Checklist Printables to Reinforce Daily or Weekly Routine:
Lists and Checklists can be your best friends when you are running your life on a mom’s brain! I don’t know about you, but if I want to remember to do something, I need to write it down! I create my Ideal Week Schedule so I don’t miss anything. Lists and Checklists keep us focused and help us not to waste time.
Having checklists is really helpful to teach kids responsibility. Early in life, your children will learn the difference between doing what they need versus what they want, and what their priorities should be.
Using a kid’s checklist printable for each of my children has helped them to focus on what they need to get accomplished each day and each week. I don’t have to tell them a million times what to do or what comes next, they know exactly what to expect and what is required of them.
Having a daily routine in place and a weekly checklist keeps them all independent, accountable, focused and productive!
3- Reward Them for Their Accomplishments:
Rewards do not necessarily mean money, or a toy, or even an ice-cream every time your kids follow their routine and accomplish what’s on their checklist.
In our home, we reward our children with free time to play as soon as they have fulfilled their responsibilities. The important message to teach is that if they do their work diligently they will have plenty more time to have fun.
Make sure you also praise your children after they turn in their checklists. Words of affirmation can be the greatest rewards for a child’s heart, especially if his/her love language is words of affirmation.
If your child’s love language is quality time then reward your child with one on one time after completing his/her chores and homeschool assignments. If your child’s love language is physical touch, then lots of hugs and kisses will fill the tank of your little way and communicate a very positive message.
You can learn to motivate your child! By the way, do you know your child’s love language?
Download These Free Kid’s Checklist Printables to Teach Kids Independence and Responsibility!
I have created these beautiful kids’ checklist printables to help my children being independent and more responsible!
You can either print these every week or print it once and laminate it and have it in a clipboard for each of your children. Because we use a binder for their homeschool work, I choose to print a few copies and keep it in the side pocket of their homeschool binder. The moment they open their binders on Monday morning, they know exactly what they need to accomplish daily.
This is how I use these kids’ checklists printable: I add it to the front pocket of my kids’ binder or have it in a clipboard for them.
Download your free kid’s checklist here!
Watch how I use these checklists in our homeschool!
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New Kids’ Checklist Printable to help teach kids independence just added!
Aren’t these checklists adorable? My kids just love them. And I know your kids will look forward to using them as well.
Your Turn: Are you looking for a way to teach kids independence and accountability? I would LOVE to hear how these kids’ checklist printables will work for you! Please comment below and let me know. 🙂
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This is great! Thank you! I’ve been homeschooling 8 years now, and I still need help with organization.
I have a kindergartener, a 4-year-old, and prayerfully a baby on the way. I have been meaning to help train them in some age-appropriate tasks and increase their independence. Thanks for the ideas! My daughter loves lists and will probably enjoy these.
These are very cute printables. I’m generally quite boring and just use a notebook to write out my older daughter’s assignments for the day.
I still use these with my teens! 🙂
Thank you so much for these printables! I am very excited to use these with my 7 and 9 year olds.
Mia, these work wonders! My kids are now 11, 12, and 14 and still works for them! The secret key is consistency. Give it to them every Monday before school start and they will become more and more independent as the time goes. 🙂
Thank you for those printables! They are really cute and I am sure that my son will love them 🙂
Thanks so much ch for these valuable tools! Love king forward to using them-blessings to you!
Is this still available?
i am having the darndest time dowloading the kid checklists. I’d love to have them! Can you please email them to me? Just can’t seem to get it to work on my Mac. I have 1 8 year old son, if that helps. TY! Kim
Yes, sure! On your email there are two options, one it downloads the pdf automatically and two there is a link for you to click and download it from Dropbox directly to your computer. Did you receive my confirmation email? Did you confirm it?
These are some really nice printables. I appreciate your sharing them with us.
I have picture cards that show our daily routine to my 3 year old! They help out with transitions, and he has fun with them!
That is a great idea, Anel. I did this with my kids when they were little too.
I really like these, teaching accountability is one of the most important things we pass on to our kids.
Thanks so much ch for these valuable tools! Love king forward to using them-blessings to you!
You’re welcome, Christina!! 🙂 These are my favorite checklists and I use it every week in our homeschool.
I’m gonna try this, really trying to get the older kiddos to do there chores with out always having to be told! Thank you for these!
Such a great idea, I look forward to using these charts in our homeschool to help us get better organized. Thank-You!
Love these printables! Perfect timing as I was needing something like this for my two girls!
YAY! I love these printables too and use them every week in our homeschool. It made such a big difference for us. 🙂
Thank you! 🙂
I’m going to be trying these this week, thanks. 🙂 I have boys so I have printed the one for boys with the rocket etc. Can you give me an idea of what you would put in the TO-DO THIS WEEK block? Would it be extra’s for school or personal I just can’t think of anything else after all the rest is filled in. Lol.
Thank you so much, you are so inspiring.
Thank you, Anne!!!
This has been working amazingly for us for almost a year now and it had been downloaded by thousands of homeschool families. 😀
Here is a video I did showing how to set it up https://www.facebook.com/theycallmeblessedblog/videos/1721176881519103/
Let me know if this helps. 🙂
Hi – FB link didn’t work.
Sorry about that, Heather.
Try clicking here https://www.facebook.com/theycallmeblessedblog/videos/1721176881519103/ 🙂
I hope this helps!
Hi there! I’ve signed up several times, but I haven’t received the email for the free downloads.
I just emailed you the file. 🙂
Hi Ana, I totally agree with your points that kids should learn to be independent and responsible from an early age, which will be helpful for their future.
Hello! I’ve also had difficulty finding a download link. I have already signup and also sent an email requesting a PDF, however in the email that was sent had only the PDF copy of this article not the actual template. Please help. THank you!!!
Same problem! Will e-mail you.
So sorry. Most people have no problem at all downloading it. It’s automatic after you confirm your email.
Hi, Prisca! Thanks for letting me know. I notice that this happens when you sign up from your phone. Is this your case? Please email me at email@example.com and I will reply with the file for you. 🙂
There’s an extra t in EXTRAS down on the side bar. 😉 Love this idea, though! Thanks for the great work!
I fixed that. LOL Thank you, Samantha!!! I’m glad you like it. 🙂
Great resource! Pinned!
Thank you, Monica!! 🙂
I love these printables and grateful that you’re sharing them. One problem, I don’t see any files to download with the email. I’ve signed up a few times already. Please help. Thank you.
Nevermind, I’ve got them now. Sorry for the msg. Thank you again.
No problem, Sherah! I resent an email with the file as well. I am so glad you got them. Please come back and let me know how you like them. 😀 Ana.
Hi – I can’t really tell how to download these. I don’t see any clickable links in the body of the post? Thx
Heather I hope you got them. Please let me know. 🙂
Got it! Thank you so much!
So glad to hear that! 🙂
Hey, Heather! Thanks for the heads up! For some odd reason the form was not showing but now it is and you can also click on any of the images to show it as well. 🙂 So glad you stopped by! Ana
Hi, your site looks wonderful. However, I, like so many others, am having trouble with the responsibility and accountability printables. Too bad there isn’t just a button to click on. I received your confirmation email. There was no attachment with it. I have filled out twice the little form next to the printables. But I still have received nothing, no attachments. Help!
Helen, I’m so very sorry.
That’s very weird. The ones who had a problem downloading it before, when I first posted this, had it because of an error that was fixed. After that, hundreds of people have been able to download it with no problem. You should be able to receive the file just check your emails, look in your junk mail. Your first email it’s just the video confirmation that you signed up for my email list. If you can’t find it, I will email you directly.
Don’t worry, I’ll get these files to you! 😉
Thanks for linking up with the Homeschool Blog and Tell! Your post is featured this week. 🙂
Hi. I received the email with the printables but it won’t download. It says error cannot be opened.
Hi Audria! This is a zip file so it can be tricky if you tried to download it from a tablet. I emailed you the file. 🙂 Let me know if you got it!
I got a link for the Dropbox files and downloaded them, but the files will not
Open in Dropbox. Any suggestions?
Christine, go to your download folder and right click on the zip file to open it.
Hi! I really would like to start using these with my kiddos, but I’ve entered my information a couple of times like over the last two days and I’m not receiving an email from you. Is there about way to get these? Thanks so much for sharing!
Let me know you received it Lisa. 🙂 I sent you the printables and also an email with our new FREE ebook. Blessings!
Hi, Lisa! Thanks for letting me know. I checked and saw that your email is not on these printables email list. To receive these you need to sign up on the form inside the post. I can manually sign you up for that now. 🙂
Ana I tried to download these printables but, I haven’t received the email. Would love to use them for my children.
Hi Samantha! Have you received the email yet? Sometimes it takes a little bit of time. Please let me know you received it. 🙂
I already receive your e-newsletter, but haven’t downloaded anything in the past. I need help! In the email, I see the links for the article, but not for the download. Thanks in advance, these look like great checklists to help me get organized! I can’t wait to explore through your blog even more!
Hi, Audrey! I’m so glad you’re stopped by. The 3 files should be attached to the email you have received. 🙂 Xoxo! Ana.
How long will it take to get the email? I haven’t received it, and wondered if my browser wasn’t working with your site. I’ve tried two, though, and still haven’t gotten the email.
It took about 5 minutes for me Lynn when I tested. Please let me know you received yours. 🙂
These are adorable printables! What a great idea 🙂
Thanks, Jennifer!!! 🙂 They are working so well for my children. Please let me know how they work for you.
I put in my information and clicked submit – how do I download these? Do I have to wait for an e-mail or should I be able to click a link somewhere and download? They look great by the way!
Hi Jennifer, the files should be attached to the email you will receive from me shortly after signing up for our newsletter. 🙂 Please let ,e know you have received it. 🙂