I’ve tried many ways of getting the kids to do chores over the years. We used an app called iAllowance a couple years ago, but the app was confusing (could be better now). At the start of summer I tried a ‘chores as punishment’ approach, which never took off. And it wasn’t because my kids are perfect little angels, I assure you. I just didn’t want chores to be a punishment.
A few weeks ago, I started writing chores that needed to be done on post-it notes, with a monetary value on them. Any of the kids could do them, and I’d pay them for it. Well, it turns out my kids are motivated by cash. It was a race the first day, to see who could make the most cash. I paid them $22 total. Way cheaper than a house cleaner!
But, it looked like this:
So today I got crafty. I went to Michaels and bought a black magnetic dry erase board, some magnetic frames, some adhesive magnets, polka dot paper and some washi tape. All in, it cost me $61, after using the 50% off coupon for the board, which was regularly $45.
I divided the sections with Washi Tape. Way easier than paint or gluing paper. I love washi tape!
I used pictures of each kid instead of putting their names, because I think it looks nicer.
All the chores are on the bottom. When something needs doing, I move it to the “Chores To Do” side. When someone completes it, they move it under their picture until I pay them.
The chore tags were made with Michael’s paper and my Stampin’ Up! Punches. I stuck adhesive magnets on the back of them.
Actually no, this guy did that. Excuse the brown socks. He dresses himself. I promise I know better.
I made extras so I can fill them in when I need something different done. I keep them handy in a jar beside my desk.
Doesn’t that look better?!?!
It seems with every new year, I try to implement some sort of chore/allowance system.
We’ve done print-out charts and plain old nagging, but what sees the most success around our house are the apps.
Last year, I used the iRewardChart app. with some success. It was easy to set up, and the girls did chores for stars, which they saved up for a reward. We had it set up that they would receive $5 for every 50 stars they received. It worked well for awhile, but ultimately it’s failure was our fault. We stopped following through with the rewards, and they stopped doing the chores.
Back to plain old nagging.
This year, I wanted something with more of a financial focus. I wanted to give them cash allowances, on a weekly basis. The girls are really into clothes now, so I thought that saving some cash to buy what they want would be a good incentive.
I went to the App Store, and downloaded iAllowance.
Well, let me start off by saying this app is not for the faint of heart. The fact that they have the words ‘Simple & Fun’ on the website makes me laugh. I had to peruse the forum, and watch YouTube videos to figure out how to set it up, use it, and cash out at the end of the week. I’m confident that I have it figured out now. Pretty much.
Just the time I’ve put into this app this week, will motivate me keep at it!
It’s great in that you can set up piggy banks within the app to hold the money, and withdraw from wherever you want. ie – if they earn $1.00 for a certain chore, I can have $0.10 (or whatever) to go into a savings piggy bank. Or we can set up a Christmas Savings piggy bank, etc.
We just stuck with one piggy bank to keep things simple(r) for now.
It also links up to DropBox to save the data, so you can use it with multiple devices.
I entered in all the chores that I wanted them to do daily and weekly, and worked backwards. I took the amount I was willing to pay them every week, and made it so if they did all of their chores,they’d receive that amount.
The amount was $7/wk.
They were paid $2.75 and $3.60.
We have some work to do.
But, they were excited. They ran around and did a few extra chores right before pay-out time. It became a competition for Abby, “What can I do so I earn more than Bella?”
Oh and Charlie? He’s still at the ‘I like to clean up because it makes Mommy happy’ stage. So we’re not messing with that right now!