Chores Agreement Template
This chores agreement represent the verbal and written agreement discussed and put forth by [PARENT NAME], hereby referred to as “Parent,” and [CHILD NAME], hereby referred to as “Child.” The conditions contained herein represent the agreement and contribution of both parties and both have been given a chance to read and discuss this agreement in its entirety.
PandaTip: It may seem silly to speak so formally in a chores agreement with your child, but the inclusion of formal language lets the child know that your agreement is a serious one. The use of contract terminology may help solidify that you plan to keep up your end of the bargain, and will encourage your child to do the same. The language can be less formal depending on the age of the child.
The following responsibilities are those of the Child. Child will adhere to these responsibilities and complete chores to the best of his/her ability.
PandaTip: You can provide your list of the child’s chores here. Sometimes a chart is a great detail, especially if the chores will vary according to a schedule.
TAKE OUT TRASH
PUT AWAY DISHES
PandaTip: The chart gives the child an exact layout of what chores are expected of them and when. You can add times to the chart for greater specificity, if desired.
Parent is responsible for providing the necessary supplies for child to perform chore tasks effectively.
PandaTip: This section shows that the parent has responsibilities which he or she will maintain, in order to help the child complete his/her chores. It allows the child to see that every family member has a responsibility. You can even include things in here to show your child just how much you do as a parent, such as preparing meals, doing laundry, paying bills, etc.
PandaTip: Lay out the conditions concerning chore completion.
Child will complete his/her daily chores by [TIME] each day. If chores are completed satisfactorily, child will be awarded a gold star on the Chore Chart.
If chore is not completed, or is done improperly or without satisfactory results, child will NOT receive a gold star for that chore.
If child collects [NUMBER] gold stars for the week, child will receive his/her allotted weekly allowance.
If child collects [NUMBER] gold stars for the week, child will receive a special bonus!
If child collects less than [NUMBER] gold stars for the week, child’s allowance will be reduced by 50%.
If child collects less than [NUMBER] gold stars for the week, child will not receive his/her allowance for that week, and other penalties may occur.
PandaTip: You can use any criteria you would like here, but the gold star system is suggested as it gives the child incentive to perform well.
PandaTip: This section can give examples to the child of what special bonus they may receive if they perform outstanding work and show consistent chore responsibility. You might also offer bonus stars or “points” which they can cash in for prizes or allowance.
Some special bonuses you might receive for outstanding work and consistent chore responsibility include:
- [ICE CREAM]
- [MOVIE NIGHT]
- [PIZZA PARTY WITH FRIENDS]
- [VIDEO GAMES]
- [PARENT TO MAKE FAVORITE DINNER]
- [TRIP TO DISNEYLAND (FOR EXCELLENT YEAR OF CHORES)]
Your signature below indicates acceptance of this chores agreement and the conditions described.