A few weeks back, I came across a fabulous website on another blog (unfortunately, I can't remember which one). I'm always looking for ways to get the kids to do their chores without me hounding them, and I thought this might be my answer.
After a few weeks of using this site, I must say I'm really liking it!
The way it works is that you create an account for your family, then create chores and assign them to family members. You can also assign a point value for each chore, and then translate that into a dollar amount. Once the kids have completed their chores for the day, they log on to the website and mark them as completed. They can always see a running total of the number of points (money) that they have earned. (Oh, and bonus, it will send you an email every night - or however often you'd like - telling you what chores have been completed.) And because I'm a terribly mean mom, my children also know that it's their responsibility to mark their chores completed. If they're not marked, I won't know how much to pay them.
Since the kids are very technologically savvy, I thought this might make the whole chore-thing a little more fun than normal.
What I enjoy about it is that I don't nag the kids to the do their chores. They know what they are (and if they forget, they're right there on the computer) and they have a choice to do them or not. Of course, if they don't do them, they don't get paid. Also, if one of them doesn't complete their chore by the time I get home from work, the other child has the opportunity to complete it for them, and bank their money.
Taylor is loving this! He's always wanting to save up his money for something, so this is really helpful. He's really connected the idea of working for money in order to purchase something he wants. In fact, he promptly paid up when I helped him purchase a wrestling match on his iPod Touch.
Ashton, on the other hand... well, she's almost a teenager. She wants the money to buy things, but she's not yet felt the sting of "if you had completed your chores, you would have enough money to buy that". It will happen though, I'm sure.
So what about you all? Did you have chores growing up? Do your kids have chores now? How do you get them to accomplish their chores without constantly nagging them? (Or is that just me? LOL)