Despite the fact that everyone in our family has regular chores assigned to them, each day and each weekend my kids look dazed and confused when I tell them to get their chores done. They ask me what jobs they are expected to do as if we only discussed it once over dinner instead of going over it day after day and week after week.
We’ve tried a variety of tactics, many of them successful. However, I recently discovered My Job Chart and this has been really fun to use. My older kids like having their own accounts and enjoy doing things online rather than having a chart posted publicly in the house. My youngest prefers to have her chart printed off so that she can check off items each day. I love that I’ve finally found a system that works for all four of my kids and most importantly, that I can do it easily and for FREE!
After you click “Free! Get started here” you will arrive at the sign up screen where you will choose your password and enter basic information (e.g. name and e-mail). Once you have complete signing up, you will set up your account settings. Here you decide what notifications you want to receive and how you want to be notified (you can choose e-mail and/or text messages).
Now you are ready to add family members, chores, and rewards.
The interface is super easy to understand and use. When you add family members, you can upload a photo to personalize the account even further.
For chores (aka “jobs”) you can choose from among several already provided (with accompanying images) or you can create your own (and upload your own images for each, if you want). You can easily select which children will perform which jobs. You can also specify what days the job should be performed and whether the job should be performed in the morning, afternoon, or both.
Then, you get to the fun part (or the part your kids will appreciate the most). You get to set up the reward system. You can link your kids’ savings accounts so they can send rewards directly to savings. Or, you can establish various other rewards ranging from a bedtime story to a special toy. And for those of you who like to teach charity and social responsibility, there’s even an option to contribute to worthwhile causes.
You can print off the chore chart for your child to mark off. I keep my daughter’s chart in a page protector and use a dry erase marker to check them off so we can re-use the printout week after week.
Or, if you have computer-savvy kids, they can log into their own account and check off each item online (where they can also send earned points to savings, charity, or redeem for other rewards).
I love that My Job Chart is so easy to use and that you can customize almost every aspect of it, from chores to rewards. And with four kids bleeding me dry, I like that I get all of these features for free. Try it out and let me know what you think!