Here is a question for you: How many of you have difficulty motivating your children to do chores and other every day tasks that are important? Such as homework, brushing their teeth, making their beds, and cleaning their rooms. For the most part my kids are pretty good with doing things once they are told to do so. But now that they are getting older it is important that they learn the importance of discipline and completing daily tasks. Self-discipline and organization is a skill that every child needs to develop as they grow into young adults. I mean come on who is going to help me out around the house when I don’t feel like doing my tasks?
All kidding aside I have tried many different ways to get my kids to take more responsibility for their chores. I have made charts and posted them on the fridge. These are usually followed for a couple of days and then ignored and eventually forgotten. I have tried tying the jobs to my son’s allowance. For example if he dusts his room and vacuums the house weekly he will receive his allowance. This is the reward method or positive reinforcement which I find works better than negative reinforcement. I have also downloaded and created plenty of online chore charts that I thought were very creative but they just don’t work.
I was recently introduced to a website called MyJobChart.com. Upon opening the site you can see right away that it is very kid friendly and kid safe certified. The site describes itself as a free, easy to use online chore chart and reward system for organizing and motivating your kids to learn first hand how to save, share, and spend. Well I figure it was worth a try and after watching the online video with my son we were pretty excited to get started.
So I quickly created my free account where I registered myself first as a parent then added my 9 year old son and set a password for him. MyJobChart.com allows the parent to create a system of where the children get points for completing simple chores and tasks like help with dinner, load or empty the dishwasher, make bed, organize closet, do homework..etc or parents can create and add their custom job like wipe the floor in the bathroom or clean toilet. These points in turn take on a value usually 1 cent per point. You can see from the photo below I added my son Alec to the system. I added his picture as well. I assigned to him to help me with dinner every day in the evening. For each day he helps me with dinner he will earn 15 points. You can change or set your own point value.
Your children can use these accumulated points in three different ways. They can purchase approved items with their earned points. They can save their points or donate them to charity.
It is very easy to set up an account with MyJobChart.com. They will email you step by step instructions how to get started, how to add your children, how to set up their password, how to add chores. The best part I like about this system that it is free. And even better that recently Myjobchart.com has created free apps and now you can organize your kids household activities from anywhere: iPad, iPhone, Android Tablet or Android phone. So the same for your kids – if they have a phone or a tablet they can easily login and complete their jobs to earn their points. This is how the screen looks from my son’s account on PC. He completed the simple task – cleared the table for his daytime job and cleared the table and helped me with dinner for his evening job. He checked the box “I’m done” and immediately earned 45 points for today.
Once my son clicked I’m Done button then this message appeared on his screen and sent to me via email and to myjobchart.com dashboard as well.
I really liked the way the system teaches children the value of hard work and earned money. It gives the children a great lesson in saving money as well. Since they must learn how to save their points if they want to purchase the bigger and better items. As children do jobs and earn points these points represent money. Once the kids earned enough points towards redeeming something (in my case my son wants a Diary of the Wimpy kid new book you can go to the manage rewards page, Spend settings, retail rewards, find what you looking for – a toy or a book and click enable this reward.
The reward will be automatically listed on your child’s spend area until they have enough points to redeem the reward. So in my son’s case he earned 45 points today by helping me with dinner and cleaning out the table, but his reward “Diary of Wimpy kid” book worth 700 points. Every day this visually reinforces what goals they are working towards. When the kids choose to redeem a reward the you will get a notification with a direct link to your Amazon.com shopping cart to make it easy for you to purchase your child’s earned reward. And in just a few days it will show up on your door step.
I also like the fact that the kids can donate their points to charitable organizations as well. Being charitable is a very good lesson we can teach our young ones. Donating money, time, or goods to charity is a very unselfish act. In a world where we see many people doing selfish things we must provide strong positive examples for our children to see.
I think MyJobChart.com can be a very valuable tool to help our children grow. By using this website our children will learn some valuable lessons such as: savings, responsibility, charity, time management, organization, and self-discipline. I look forward to incorporating MyJobChart.com into our household.
Disclosure “I wrote this review for Myjobchart.com and I received a compensation to thank me for my participation. Regardless all opinions and writings are my own and I only recommend the products and services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers ”