Online Chore Chart
I asked Krista, our Albertsons expert, to try out the new online chore chart program, My Job Chart, and report on her family’s experience and impression. Here you go!
Chores. The kids dread them and most times I find it easier, faster and more economical if I just take care of them. But in reality, my children must learn how to empty a dishwasher, load clothes into a dryer, and use a vacuum. Real men clean, right?!
When my children fought over who got to use the new sweeper mop I just bought, I decided it was high time these boys took on some responsibility beyond completing homework, brushing teeth and picking up their toys. I have tried different chore charts in the past (lists on the fridge, Melissa & Doug chore chart, bribing with chocolate), but most never lasted beyond a week.
I decided to give My Job Chart a shot. This online chore chart is compatible with tablets, smartphones and computers. Here are my favorite features:
1. Short Video Tutorials: Each step of the way is outlined in a short thirty second or less video. They are informative and well worth the few minutes to understand how the system works.
2. Point System: The kids receive points for completing their tasks. These points are easily transferred to money (1 point = $.10), but my four and six year old dig the point system. I assign the jobs, when they are to be completed (each day, once a week, etc) and how many points each job is worth.
3. Child Responsibility: If my kids don’t get onto the app on the iPad and mark the chores they’ve completed, they do not receive any points. The first few days I reminded them as I received a daily email telling me they did not complete their chores. I then placed the responsibility on them and boy oh boy how quickly it has become a nightly routine to mark their completed chores!
4. Giving and Saving: After earning their points, the kids decide how to distribute their points. There is a spending, giving, and saving option. This has opened up a number of conversations in our house. How much do you give Dad of your money? How much do you spend Mom? Can we save our money for a vacation?
My Job Chart has apps for iPad, iPhone, Android tablets, and Android phones so parents can update and track progress and kids can check off jobs on any device.
You can read more about the features of My Job Chart here.
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