My Job Chart, one of the newest sponsors on The Frugal Girl, is a site that provides free online chore charts and reward systems for parents to use in their quest to help their children remember to do their chores.
Now, there are some children (*cough*like Lisey * cough*) who are super dutiful and who do their chores with almost no parental reminders. If your family is comprised solely of these types of children, you probably have never even considered having chore charts.
But if your family is like mine, and is made up of dutiful and not-so-dutiful/forgetful children, you’ve probably had some kind of chart system. And while paper charts certainly have their place, their major downside is that once they’re made, they can’t really be edited.
My Job Chart is a virtual way of keeping track of recurring and occasional chores, and there’s a built-in, customizable rewards system.
The rewards are completely up to the parents…you can choose to let your kids redeem their chore points for things like a family game night or computer time, or you can choose to offer a reward that can be purchased from Amazon.com. Or, you can skip the rewards altogether and just use the site as an online to-do list.
Basically, you create a profile for each of your children, and then assign chores to each child.
My Job Chart lets you choose from an existing list of chores, or you can add your own. There are suggested point values for each chore, but you can modify those if you like.
And you can choose which day a chore falls on (for instance, Joshua only needs to take the trash out on Sundays and Wednesdays, but needs to check his fish tank water every day). There’s also an option to add one-time chores, as opposed to those that need to be done regularly.
Once you’ve assigned some chores to a child, they can login and see the chores for that particular day. I love this feature because it’s great for forgetful children (and for parents who can be forgetful, like me! Half of our problem is that I forget to stay on top of my kids and the chores they’re supposed to be doing!).
If your children don’t tend to be around the computer much, an online chart might not be particularly helpful. But most children who are in elementary school are familiar enough with the computer to easily make use of the chart, and for someone like Joshua, who checks his email several times a day, logging into a chart is not difficult.
I’ve signed Joshua up, added his regular chores, and we’re going to give this thing a try and report back to you in a week. I think this will be an easy way to provide him with a daily to-do list that he needs to check off before he can go play.
I hope you’ll give this a try along with Joshua and me this week…it’ll be fun to compare notes with you next week!
How do YOU stay on top of your children and their chores? I obviously don’t have this all figured out, so I’d love to hear what works for you.
disclosure: My Job Chart hired me to review their site, but not to provide positive opinions. All opinions are, of course, my own. Because that’s how I roll.