Three years ago, my husband and I had a staggering amount of debt. As we struggled to get out from under this mountain of debt, I vowed that I would do my best to to make sure my kids have good money management skills so that they never have to go through what we’ve gone through. After lots of discussion between my hubs and I on the best way to teach our kids how to handle money, we decided to try using a chore chart.
I came up with a list of chores, divided them up between the girls, and created Excel spreadsheets that I printed out for them to check off. Over the past 2 years, we’ve struggled with getting chores checked off, losing chore charts, not knowing whether the kids had been paid their allowance, and more.
I knew that we needed something different, but I wasn’t sure what that something different was. And to be quite honest, since my daughters are teens, I wasn’t sure I’d find anything that would create any level of motivation to get chores done without nagging or begging.
Enter: My Job Chart
When I found My Job Chart, I knew that I had found the perfect solution for our family. My Job Chart is a free, online, customizable chore chart system that utilizes cutting edge technology and positive reinforcement to motivate kids to do their chores while teaching them the value of hard work as well as money management.
I was able to set up My Job Chart within minutes and customize it to my family. Not only was I able to choose specific chores for each of my girls, but I was also able to customize the rewards for getting chores done. We set up options for monetary rewards, watching TV during the school week (something we don’t allow), and computer time. I set up daily chores as well as extra chores that they can do to earn extra rewards.
Here’s how My Job Chart works:
After walking my girls through the process they were pretty excited to get started. This is the first time in months years that my girls have both made an effort to track their progress. They’re also learning the correlation between work and rewards. If they do extra work, they can get extra rewards. I also added reading and exercise as optional chores that they can earn points for. I want them to understand the value of expanding their knowledge and taking care of their bodies and attaching a points value to them seems like a good way to do it. I’m hoping that I’ll be able to create long-lasting habits now that they will carry with them to adulthood!
If you’re looking to arm your kids with the tools they need to manage their money wisely, you’ll definitely want to check out My Job Chart.
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