Hey everyone! I'm not sure if this topic was covered recently or not, but I could use some advice.. or at least see what works for you guys.
Here's the scoop. My kids, DD-9 and DS-8, are usually pretty good about chores. Well okay, DS is better than DD.. she can be pretty lazy at times. Anyway, I have always had some sort of system, chart, whatever set up for them ever since they were little. I've tried all sorts of things. The latest was from a website called GoalForIt.com... where I'd set up a chore chart for them and print it off. They leave it in their rooms and check off the chores as they do them (most are daily, a couple are weekly or 2x week). I then take their hopefully filled out charts and plug it into the website. Each chore is worth a certain number of cents. The computer then calculates how much they've made that week. I take that amount and deposit it into their savings accounts.. which they see the statements each month, and and hopefully watch their money grow! Well it worked great for a while, like most things with kids. But the excitement is gone. Neither of them have a goal in mind as to what they want to save their money up for. I think that'd help, if they had something to look forward to. DD is pretty lazy these days, and will do half the chores during the week BUT.. she'll check them off anyway (as if I didn't know). DS is pretty good about his chores, and usually gets them done, BUT.. he forgets to check them off. If bedtime comes and they've forgotten to check off their chores for that day, they don't earn anything for them. Both kids have not made much money at all in the past I don't know how many weeks/months. My hubby said he's going to create a website just for the kids to keep track of their chores. They either go on there and check off what they've done or they dont.. once the day has gone, they can't go back. This will definitely keep them honest about it, where the check list-type paper I gave them did not. BUT.. he has yet to creat this website, and honestly I have no clue when/if he will. I can't sit around and wait. I could keep going with what I have been doing, but it's pointless. The kids know what their chores are, even without a checklist. But with one, they can see how much they're making each day/week.
I think I need a new plan of action. They're getting older and getting more and more responsibilities. I need a good way for us all to keep track of them, and make sure the kids are being honest and doing their chores as expected.
Any ideas, thoughts, suggestions, or experiences would be very helpful! Thanks