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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