“I’m tired; I need to lay down.” That’s what we hear every time we ask the girls to make their bed, clean their room, pick up their toys, etc. So I was thrilled when Gregg Murset, CEO of MyJobChart.com offered to share some chore tips. My husband and I have been talking about trying allowance to chores as their “jobs” so these are perfect for us.
1. Take Advantage of Kid’s Love of Technology … Why threaten to take away a child’s technology when you can use that technology to deliver results when it comes to chores? By using an online job chart like MyJobChart.com, children consistently log in, see jobs that need to be done, register the completion and find out their rewards. Your kids find themselves motivated by seeing their bank account grow and positive notes from mom and dad.
2. Let Kids Work To Support A Special Charity They Select … Help your child find a
charity or cause they want to support, and tell them by finishing their chores, part of the money they earn will go as a donation. The donation could be made once a year, every month or every week, depending on your child, but if they can see how their hard work helps animals, another child or to help find a cure, they will be more engaged.
3. Parents Match (Double) Any Savings or Donation… Make an agreement with your kids that whatever they earn, you (and even grandma/grandpa) will match the dollar amount they earn from chores to go toward a charity or that new toy they have been wanting.
4. Connect Chores with a Special Day or Additional Activity Time… Sometimes all a child wants is some special time with mom and dad, maybe a trip to the zoo, to see a movie or to go out to eat at a favorite restaurant. Have a standing arrangement that every week or month, if assigned tasks are completed properly, you will grant them one wish to do something.
5. Allow Overtime… Just like mom and dad, give your kids the chance to work overtime to earn more money. Even though some jobs have a clear ending, find other jobs that your children could do beyond regular chores, if they request. Examples include working in the garden, painting a room, doing advance homework or helping neighbors with their projects.
MyJobChart.com is a free, easy to use, online and mobile job chart and reward system designed to teach, organize and motivate kids to earn, save, share and spend responsibly. Bringing together the latest technology and basic personal finance principles to help parents teach their children responsibility, accountability and how to manage money wisely. MyJobChart.com can also be used through its Apple and Android mobile apps, allowing parents and kids the opportunity to save, share and spend from anywhere. For more information, visit www.myjobchart.com