My baby girl is almost three years old (gasp!). While I love her more than words can express, sometimes I feel more like her personal maid than her mommy. She is great at pulling out toys, dolls, dress up clothes, puzzles, games and toys with many parts, but she’s not so great at cleaning them up. Yes I sing the clean-up song, but I usually find myself cleaning up while she wanders into another room to pull more “things” out. I try to keep everything organized and put like items in bins so that it is easy for her to put things back. Every night when I try to straighten up before bed (in pure exhaustion) I wonder when will she be old enough to help me? Does this sound like your house too?
Most little ones are like crazed little monsters when it comes to toys, it seems that in just five short minutes they come crashing in and turn a living room into a mass destructed mini town. So when is the time that you get to stop cleaning up and your two year old finally chills the heck out? How do you even tell a three year old to pick up? I found something that I think might actually work called My Job Chart! Gregg Murset, created My Job Chart, an online chore chart and reward system for organizing and motivating your kids to learn first hand how to save, share and spend! Gregg is a father of six children (that’s right, SIX children) and he wanted his kids to know the meaning of work ethic and money management so he developed My Job Chart. Kids are never too young to learn reasponsibility and you will be surprised at how excited and ready to help your child is. Doing chores can be fun and it will make you happier knowing that you have help (aka you are no longer “the maid”) and you are also teaching a life lesson, way to go SUPER MOM!!!
Find out if your child is ready to be responsible with Gregg’s list of tips to help parents of young kids know if it is time and how to teach these beasts a little housekeeping.
1. You Can Feel It … Most parents get “the feeling” when their children are capable of learning something new or taking on a task. It’s no different with picking up responsibilities around the house. Don’t ignore your gut and begin recognizing that your kids can be a get help to you.
2. Start Them Young … The basic rule is – if your children are old enough to take toys out to play, then they are old enough to put them away. The same goes with most other things around the house, even clothes, dishes, video games or items used out at the pool.
3, It’s Your Call … Don’t let so-called experts put an age range on particular jobs your kids could be doing. While it might not make sense to someone living in big city why a 10-year old would ever run lawnmower, in America’s heartland, it’s not uncommon for a 10-year old handling equipment on the farm. If you know they can complete harder chores safely, maybe you should let them try. It’s your call.
1. Understand Why It’s Important To Have Kids Do Chores & Receive Rewards … Using chores & rewards to teach our kids about responsibility, accountability and money has been around for decades. It’s easy, effective and can change as your child grows. Kids need structure and providing them with a daily routine or responsibilities, only help them later in life.
2. Be Consistent … When it comes to kids doing chores around the house, often there is only one thing stopping the kids – parents. Whether it’s because we get busy and forgot, get tried of nagging or just find it quicker to do it ourselves, parents are often the reason kids stop doing chores. Parents need to be consistent, demanding and set proper expectations when it comes to chores.
3. Be Fair … Kids understand right and wrong or fair and unfair. Separate the chores evenly or rotate them so the worst chores aren’t always with one child. If you are rewarding your children for jobs well done, don’t be afraid to compensate one child more than another if the chores they handle are more difficult or are less attractive.
4. Don’t Let Other Things Get In The Way … Dance practice, music lessons, football games, baseball practice and homework are just a few things your child has on their plate each day. As a parent, teach your child from an early age how to manage time and set priorities, by doing all these things plus the daily chores. There are life lessons in everything, don’t drop off things around the house because outside activities make life busy. We certainly can’t do that as adults, can we?
5. Stress Saving & Sharing … If you provide a reward for your kids, make sure to stress saving and sharing. Everyone knows how to spend … it’s like breathing … you just do it. Saving and sharing takes practice, a plan and often some research. In the long run, however, your kids will see the benefits and continue to do these things as adults. It’s like riding a bike – learn it early in life and you can always do it again later. Learn it later in life and it’s more difficult.
Gregg Murset, CFP®
Founder and CEO
As the Chief Executive Officer of My Job Chart, Murset has committed the last four years to building the largest online community and fastest growing website teaching kids about work ethic and making smart money decisions.
MJC was born from real life experience. Murset is a father of six children (ages 6 to 16) and needed a way to teach them about earning, saving and spending money. With no system available for a family with a large range in ages, Murset came up with the idea to combine modern technology with the traditional allowance system to teach responsibility, accountability and the fundamentals of financial literacy.
Now with over 556,000 members, 19.3 millions chores completed by kids and an economic impact over $3 million, My Job Chart is leading the battle to reverse the culture of entitlement and credit addiction that plagues American families today.
My Job Chart brings together the latest technology and basic personal finance principles to help parents teach their children responsibility, accountability and how to manage money wisely. Over the past two years, more than 560,000 kids have completed over 19.5 million jobs and earned nearly $3 million. Based in Scottsdale, Arizona, My Job Chart is a free, easy to use, online and mobile job chart and reward system designed to teach, organize and motivate kids to earn, save, share and spend responsibly. From washing the car to making a bed, and from doing the dishes to picking up clothes, kids can now earn an allowance and learn how to make financial decisions. My Job Chart can also be used through its Apple and Android mobile apps, allowing parents and kids the opportunity to save, share and spend from anywhere. For more information, visit www.myjobchart.com.