When I had all little ones afoot, it seemed chore charts were easier to create and to have everyone follow. When teens began to dominant the household, this mom got "soft." For me to make my teens do chores this summer, I needed a push, some encouragement. Interestingly, I found this encouragement from an article on a blog from my Calendar app (Cozi) of all places. I normally would not even pay attention to another mom suggesting chore charts because usually, I'd think I had more experience than most mothers in this arena, except that this mom in the blog article had a house full of teens, even young adults, who were apparently doing chores. I said to myself, "If she can do chores with teens, so can I."
I had to convince myself that it's ok for teens that live under my roof to contribute to household duties--even if they have summer jobs. My next step was to open Google Docs. I like to use Google Docs and Google Sheets because these are easy to share with my teens. And not only will they have this electronic copy that they can write on and share back, but I also print one out for those who like the physical list, or are not on their computers as much. Here is a sample of one of my teen son's chore chart. Some of this won't make sense to you, but I wanted you see our actual chart:
For my daughter, she simply can't play with the neighbors or go to the pool until these are finished.
Has this helped to encourage you to give your children some responsibilities around the home? I hope so. Remember, many experts say that this-doing chores- is very good for them, so even though you may receive some flack, it's actually the loving thing to do. That's the motivation we need to keep it going (and having a cleaner house isn't so bad, either!)