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I cannot believe this is the weekend now! This week has been so busy, and I am just exhausted at this point. My struggle is that I have to manage the household with a toddler, all the while working on the blog, and I just get wiped out. It is an uphill battle for me, partially because there is always so much to do, and I guess I am inefficient, and just don’t have enough in me to get everything done fast. I have to obtain help from other family members to contribute and try to get the great house with all of the little moving parts in it going in the right direction.
I have recently written a blog post about my spring cleaning plans and schedule, and even made a FREE cleaning printable for Spring cleaning – have you seen it? This printable is all good to have, but yet in order to get things done here I need to have my children participating. My husband knows what he has to do, and he does have a lot on his plate that he is juggling, so I don’t really need to make lists and reminders for him, but my kids are a different story. It is frustrating, but it is a fact – in order to have them help me, and get things done around the house, I have to literally make lists, spell every little action out on paper for them to follow through, at least a little bit. Here is a new program I have found that I am employing now to streamline the chore fulfillment process, and actually moving on with our tasks every day.
Chore Check is a new app and a computer-based platform that allows you to make lists of chores for your children to do, and then have a system of rewards for them once they have done the work. These rewards are simple enough, and the kind that everyone wants – the actual money. Every chore gets assigned a certain dollar amount of value, and can be scheduled with the frequency that you need it done. The chores are pre-populated in the system, and you can add your own, and assign to each child, or all children to do, there is also a way to assign one-time tasks.
There are lots of interesting features in this app that I haven’t seen anywhere else. One particularly hard-working sibling can do his/her chores, and then steal doing chores from other siblings and earn their share of money, so there is a way for children to realize the value of hard work, and achievement based on what you put into your work.
Another amazing feature of this program is that it teaches children how to deal with money – they can either save, spend or give the money they have earned. This teaches the economics of budgeting and spending, allows to put goals and develop planning for the funds earned. Because Chore Check app is actually substituting for the traditional allowance, children become more accountable for what they have actually accomplished doing, rather than getting used to getting money for “just because”. You can teach children all the time you want in theory about money, but the best lesson, and the lesson that is actually going to develop the right habits and understanding is the practical lesson of showing exactly how the money is earned, and what effort needs to be given to tasks in order to earn enough money for what you want.
The fact that this platform is available both as a phone app and as a computer platform makes it easy enough to use whether you are on the go or at your home. This makes it easy to track the chores assignment and chores fulfillment.
I love this app as it is realistic, and very practical for me and my family – I can actually start accomplishing things in the house as I am now able to delegate assignments and tasks, and my children are learning home economics and about the value of money by helping others, and creating value for themselves. There is no other better way to teach about money than allow your children to contribute and reward them according to their daily effort. What is the downside of the app? There is a small fee of $9 for the family membership of Chore Check Prepay Mastercard that is used in order to transfer the funds earned by kids, and it is possible to link a bank account for a fast transfer. This is a very small price to pay to use this system – it is so user-friendly, and simple it is almost surprising – I keep asking – what is the catch, as a company has gone through all of this effort to create something that I can easily use, and teach my children so much. $9 is really a small price to pay for me to have help getting the household chores done.
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