Chore Chart: Discipline Cards

Since implementing Our Household and Discipline Rules, we’ve found that time-out’s just don’t really cut it for the older kids. We wanted something a little more effective when dealing with disobedience and poor behavior. Since our Chore Chart has been received so well, I decided to add in some Discipline cards. These should be things that you really don’t enjoy doing, but that still need to get done.


–> Click here to download the Discipline Cards <–

We use these as a consequence for disobedience, and sometimes bad behavior with our children. If they disobey, they pull a discipline card from a jar. They are expected to complete that discipline, then follow through with whatever they were asked to do originally. If they refuse to complete their discipline card, they get what’s called a motivator, something such as losing TV privileges, or their Nintendo DS or whatever is of value to them at that time.

If one of the children receives a discipline card during they day, it goes behind their name on our Chore Chart once they are finished. This way when Dad comes home, he can see who has had a bad day and choose to discuss it with them if necessary.

I included one card called “Help Mom Cook”. This is our “mercy” card. Most kids like to help cook, and we want to show them how sometimes they receive something they do not deserve. You can choose to remove this card from the stack, or add it to your weekly Chore Chart as well!

I shared these in my 10 Days of Homeschooling Enrichment series, but here are our House Rules: while we still do time-out for our younger ones, we’ve replaced time-outs for the older kids, with “pull from the Discipline Jar”.


You can read more on implementation of this idea, discipline and the Chore Chart here:

Thanks for reading, and hope these bless your family! {Or at least you} The kids might not see it as such a blessing, but really in the long run, it will be a blessing for them. We are simply doing what God has called us to, training them in righteousness (Prov. 22-6)! If you can keep the long term in perspective it will make things go much smoother ;o)


  1. Oh my, I love this idea!

  2. THANK YOU!!! My husband and I have been talking about just how awful our five year old's behavior is. We are going to talk about this when he comes home from work.

  3. This is brilliant. Thanks!

  4. I love it! Thanks again for the link to our chore chart. 🙂

  5. I love the picture cards! We might use it a little differently to motivate ourselves to do our chores. Thanks!

  6. Thank you so much for sharing! I love the Bible verses included! And I love your statement about long term…short term it won't be easy (parenting never is), but man…to have a Godly son…that's what I long for.

  7. Yay! I have been looking for alternatives for discipline myself. They look great! Looking forward to seeing how well they work! Thank you for your lovely things!

  8. Love this idea! Now I just have to teach them how to do some of these……

  9. I was so very impressed by this and shared your idea with my husband. We decided we would implement it straight away. We printed the cards off and sat and explained to our two daughters (near 7 and 9) how the cards worked. Am really not sure that they comprehended that they are a "punishment" as they were so very excited at the thought of sme of the chores and were telling each other which ones they "hoped" they would pick. Oh dear, what is one to do … lol

  10. Anonymous says:

    Interesting, but I would be a little careful with this. These things should be looked at as responsibilities in my opinion and not punishments. Do we really want our children to learn that "work" is 'bad'? That it should be drudgery because it's a punishment? I would think there would be another, better way. We should always encourage JOY in "chores" or whatever you want to call it.

  11. Kathleen says:

    Previous poster said: “Do we really want our children to learn that “work” is ‘bad’?”

    I share the same concerns. I like the idea of consequences being different from “motivators” but I’m a bit stuck for consequences that don’t involve turning household responsibilities into something to be dreaded. I’m trying to teach my kids to see housework as a positive thing – something we work on together as a team with a cheerful spirit to create a home that is safe, pleasant, and functional.

    I’d love to see some consequence ideas that don’t involve housework.

    Aside from that, I LOVE the chore chart and the essential ideas behind your household rules and discipline chart. I’m in the process of creating our own charts based on your ideas. I’m really excited about how they’re going to help improve things around here. Thanks for putting so much effort into your blog site.

  12. Thank you so much for this!!!! My kids are excited to start and I’m excited too!!!!

  13. Tiffinay says:

    Did you make the pockets to put all the chore cards in, or can you buy those somewhere?

    • I got my pocket charts at Target in the Dollar Spot last year around this time. They were only $1 each, so I got about 6 of them. 🙂 I only wish there had been more than just blue ones.


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  16. You are amazing! Thank you fr sharing so many amazing ideas and using your talents for Gods glory! Thank you for helping me a newbie homeschool mom with so many great

  17. For those of you concerned about using chores as punishment, an idea: my mom used to make us write a letter or an essay explaining why what we did was wrong and outlining what other/better choices we could have made in the same situation, and what we planned to do next time we were faced with a similar problem. If someone was hurt by our choices, we also had to write an apology note. When we were young (8-10 years old) only a paragraph or so was expected. As we got older, it was a page. We even looked up bible verses to cite. It worked fantastically, and I plan to use the same method when my children are older.

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