All of us hope our children will have a strong work ethic. When Ryan was a toddler I would sing the “Clean Up” song to remind him that play time was over and he needed to put his toys away. Regardless of his age, he always had a list of “jobs” that were his responsibility to complete. Today, he continues to assume responsibility for various jobs within the house: watering the plants, sweeping, emptying the dishwasher, making his bed and taking out the trash. His days are full with two jobs — working in maintenance at Bello’s Grocery Store and BNI. He tells me he wants to work hard so that he can earn money for movies, skiing, golf, LECOM and other fun activities. His work ethic is admirable and he receives praise from his supervisor for his dedication and hard work.
One of the tools I had used to encourage his compliance with chore responsibilities was a job chart, which is why I was intrigued when I recently came across MyJobChart.com. This online tool provides an interactive “chore” system that teaches children the concepts that promote independence. The parent identifies the jobs to be completed, assigns points for each job, and, with their child, establishes rewards. The child then logs on with his/her own password and selects the job to be completed. Once completed, the child receives points that can be converted into dollars that are saved, spent or donated to charity. The parents are also notified when the child has completed the task and has selected a reward.
With over 687,000 members, My Job Chart has shown itself to be the modern equivalent of an old fashioned sticker chart. We know that our children enjoy using technology, and this site not only engages them, but teaches them responsibility, accountability, money management and problem solving — essential skills for individuals of all ages. This site is free for families and can be used with Apple and Android apps.
Try it and let me know if it works for your family.