Sweet Sponsor: My Job Chart

About a year ago, we started using My Job Chart to help Babydoll keep track of her chores.  I read about it on some blog and thought, “Hm, I guess I’ll give it a whirl.”  I had already used traditional chore charts, old fashioned memory, and a variety of other methods and they just weren’t working.

The problem:  I couldn’t remember to remind Babydoll to do her chores and I couldn’t remember to pay out the promised reward.  I felt like a pathetic parent…

How My Job Chart Helped

 

I think My Job Chart can really be used in a variety of ways:

  • Straight allowance system
  • Organizational tool
  • Teaching tool

We use a combination of the latter two.  I haven’t really used this to implement an allowance system {we don’t really do a traditional allowance system in our house}, although it definitely could be used for that.  I have used it to help keep me organized with regard to Babydoll’s chores.

I was able to sit down one day and list out all the chores I have her do, how often, and assign a point value to them.  Done!  That’s it!  You guys know how I love anything technological anyway, so something that was browser based that I could update from my laptop was awesome.

If I need to make changes, I can just log in to my parent account and do so.  Babydoll then has a child account that she logs into that is used to check off the chores as she does them.  She can visibly see how many points she’s earning for the day, how many she’s already earned, and the split between spending, saving, and giving.

At the end of each day, I get an email letting me know which chores she has done and which ones she hasn’t.  We can even send little notes to each other!

While we’ve gotten a bit out of our routine, when we’re working at normal speed, Babydoll knows to wake up and head to the chart.  When she is ready to redeem a reward, I’m notified electronically and can fulfill it electronically, depending on the reward.

Babydoll mainly chose items on Amazon, although we added things like Daddy/Daughter Date Night to the list too.  She actually saved her points for quite a while and got a Hello Kitty Razor Scooter a few month back.  She loves the thing, especially since she had to wait so long to buy it.

Want to Learn More?

 

Check out this video to learn more about the idea behind My Job Chart and how it works. Also, check them out on Facebook and Twitter. They’ve even got a blog with lots of interesting ideas.

True Confessions:  I was compensated for writing this post, however, we do use My Job Chart, and have used them for quite a while.  I really do love the system and would recommend it to any family struggling to keep track of chores.  All opinions stated are my own.