This post was sponsored by COUNTRY Financial® as part of an Influencer Activation for Influence Central and all opinions expressed in my post are my own.
A few weeks ago, I shared some important tips on how to teach your kids the value of money. One of the tips I included was to pay a different wage for various chores. Let’s face it, the list of household chores that need to be done on any given day will always exceed the manpower of Team Mom and Dad. Having the kids help out around the house not only helps us out but can also teach them the value of teamwork and earning rewards.
To make this task even easier for you, be sure to download the new COUNTRY Financial®ChorePal app, which is a great tool to help parents manage and reward daily household chores. It’s simple to use and keep track of for everyone in the family. Parents simply set individual chores for each child in the family, along with either point or dollar based rewards. You set the frequency and days to complete the chores and can request approvals, providing instant satisfaction for a job well done.
While I was excited to try out this app, one of the challenges I encountered was actually establishing the specific chores that the kids would do. My girls are 7 and 4, so let’s face it, they’re not gonna be the ones we count on to mow the lawn or anything. I also wanted to make sure I found some age-appropriate chores that they could both do satisfactorily and would feel fair to them. So, I discovered this list of 10 household chores kids can do at any age:
1. Feed the family pet (we have a fish)
2. Help with dusting
3. Pick up and put away toys in the playroom (or wherever else in these toys seem to end up)
4. Sort laundry
5. Help fold laundry (even just matching the socks)
6. Set the table
7. Clear the table
8. Water the plants
9. Help make their beds
10. Help put away groceries
One more important thing to note is the fact that your child’s “wage” is not necessarily just about money, particularly if you’re not a fan of paying kids to do chores. You can use the tool however it make sense to you. For example, while I refused to pay the kids do things that I felt were pretty much required of them to live in my house (clean up their room), I could put those types of chores on a points system where a certain number of points equaled things like extra TV time or an app download on their tablets. Worked out great!
If you’ve tried the COUNTRY Financial® ChorePal app yourself, be sure to share your experience below. If not, you can download it at www.getchorepal.com.
Also, feel free to comment on any more chores you think are great for kids at any age and I’ll add to this list!
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