Kids - Creating a chore chart
We have a white-board calendar in our dining room with weekly "mandatory" chores for each kid. On that board is also the kids virtual bank that keeps track of their funds. The image below shows the start of July and the end of June at the bottom. As they do their chores they cross them off.
Every other Sunday they either clean their rooms, or tend to the bathroom chores; 12yo scrubs the sink, 8yo scrubs the toilet. They are also expected to practice their instrument everyday. Which they almost do everyday...
Darby is the chore dictator of the house, more than the hubby and I. Often we help the kids clean the bathroom so we can teach them how to do it right. Or help with the cat box. It definitely takes more time and you have to take a deep breath and smile knowing this would be so much easier if I just did it myself... But, my kids are learning the notion that Mom and Dad are not going to hand me money and send me on my way to spend. If they break their electronic devices (which are hand-me-downs, super basic or they saved all their holiday money for something better), they have to save to replace them.
I think this is a really important lesson. Sometimes my kids fight us on it, but now that we've done this for a handful or years they've gotten into the habit of just getting it done. It's pretty fantastic.