As a mother of three with the oldest 15 years old, I can’t help but think of things I might have done a little differently. Don’t get me wrong I’m all for “things happen for a reason” and I am happy with my life and my family. However sometimes I wish I would have cooked more, maybe limited certain activities, and sometimes I wish I would have given my kids more responsibility at a younger age. Of course you probably know as a parent yourself it is much easier to say then to do.
However I was recently introduced to a site that could make teaching your children responsibility and chores a little easier. My Job Chart is the “new age” chore chart so to speak. Responsibility meets the computer. Kids log on and record their daily chores. Chores that you as a parent set up, you set up your family, assign jobs, set rewards, and encourage your kids. You can set morning and evening tasks for each child, and assign a point value. Kids set aside to save, give to charity, or buy rewards you set.
You can assign jobs to each child, or even create your own on an easy form. This is great since I have a 15 year old and a 7 year old. You can imagine their set of chores are going to sometimes vary.
I love how My Job Chart connects to Amazon, where kids can actually use their rewards to purchase items they want and see them shipped right to their door. I admit there are times when I tell my kids they can earn money and then it takes me a while to get that money to them. I love the idea of having it all done with only my supervision needed. My Job Chart has a tutorial section to easily walk you through any troubleshooting or how to use the site, and manage your family, jobs, and rewards.
I watched the video “Mange Rewards – Spend” to find out how children can “spend” their points they earn by doing chores. It was exactly what I was looking for. In addition to your children being able to spend their points on products they can purchase, you can also set up “Family Rewards”. I really think this is important, sometimes going to the park, spending time with mom or dad, or playing a game is more satisfying to a child and/or parent then purchasing an item.
Again each reward can be turned on per child. Simply go to My Family, Manage Rewards, and choose which type of rewards you want to enable. Another great feature because something my daughter may value as a great reward would not interest one of my sons at all. Here I’ve decided to activate some Family rewards for my daughter. My daughter, when she is logged in, can see what rewards she has the ability to purchase and how many points are needed to earn the reward. She can also see how many points she has left to reach the reward she is trying to get too.
If my daughter selects to purchase a reward from a retailer I will receive an email so I can go in and finish the transaction so her purchase can be sent to her. I really love the way My Job Chart is set up because your child is able to constantly see how many points they need, how close they are to earning a reward, and it gives them the sense of responsibility and a feeling of having power over their actions. Knowing they will be rewarded for doing chores and helping out others.
My daughter is definitely going to love this system, it is very similar to a system they have at school in which they earn tickets throughout the week. At the end of the week they can spend their tickets on things such as candy, treasure box, lunch with the teacher, etc. I often find my daughter saving her tickets for a bigger reward.
I love how My Job Chart has taken the written “chore chart” concept and not only made it modern and adapted it to today’s emphasis on technology. They also have added great features like the ability to use the points and not just tell their parents but go through the process of purchasing them. Kids get a thrill out of this just like when they have a little birthday money to spend and they want to go to the store and give the money to the cashier themselves. It makes them feel “grown-up”. This is exactly what the reward system at My Job Chart does as well.
The Save Rewards allows your children to set aside money to save into their own account:
The Share Rewards allows your children to give to charity and teaches them to give back to those in need:
I can’t find one thing I don’t like about My Job Chart, and it is even better that it is free. I think not only is this a way to safely introduce your children to using the computer, it is a great way for them to be able to take charge of their chores and really watch their hard work get them somewhere. I encourage you if you don’t have a system set up that works for you to give My Job Chart a try and tell me what you think!
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