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.
I get a lot of emails from parents asking how to get their kids to do chores. It’s one thing to have a list of chores kids can do, and it’s another to get them to do the chores without whining, arguing, or trying to pass off a poorly done job as complete.
So I was excited when I was given the opportunity to review the COUNTRY Financial® ChorePal app. Developed as a tool to help busy families schedule and reward chores, the ChorePal app also teaches kids to understand the link between hard work and financial rewards.
Most Of Us Want Our Kids To Do Chores
According to the COUNTRY Financial® Security Index, that’s an important lesson that most of us want our children to learn. They should know, too — COUNTRY Financial® is a full-service insurance and financial services company that takes a personal approach to helping people plan their financial futures.
ChorePal Makes Assigning Chores Easy
Well, let me tell you, after three weeks of using it my son’s attitudes towards chores have improved quite a bit! He appreciates being able to see his list of tasks for the day, as well as those coming up later in the week. I like how that helps him learn to manage his time more efficiently.
Most of my son’s chores are recurring — clean the cat box, take out the trash, etc. He does these to earn his base allowance. But sometimes he wants to earn a bit extra, and the ChorePal app makes that easy for both of us since I can add one-off chores (like cleaning the garage or vacuuming my car) for him to do.
No More Arguing!
In the past when he’s done one-off chores it’s been a hassle for both of us. He’ll ask (usually when I’m in the middle of something) if I have any extra chores he can do, and I’ll try to come up with something.
Then begins the negotiation — he always wants more than I think the task is worth. Once he’s done the chore, I either have to make a dash to the ATM or hope I remember on allowance day just how much he’s earned. (Somehow, our memories of the amount are never the same.)
Since ChorePal tracks not only these extra chores but also what I’m willing to pay, it cuts out that whole back-and-forth business. After he’s done the task it adds the points (or dollar value, depending on what I’ve assigned) to his weekly total. Come allowance day, I know exactly what to pay him, so we no longer argue over whether I said it was worth $X or $Y. I love that!
Making Chores A Game Is Motivating
I didn’t think my teen would be all that impressed with the ChorePal badge system but, boy, was I wrong! As he pointed out, video games reward players with badges and collecting them all is kind of a big deal. So getting them for doing his chores (along with earning money) adds another layer of motivation.
That, ultimately, is the biggest difference that using ChorePal has made in our home: it’s given my kid new motivation to pitch in around the house. Because of that, I haven’t had to nag about chores for three blissful weeks!
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Try the ChorePal app from COUNTRY Financial® yourself — it’s free! Visit www.getchorepal.com and watch how this app changes your kids’ attitudes toward chores, too.