Jan 132011

This summer, after I had made and laminated chore charts for everyone, I came across a link to this online job chart on Heart of Wisdom.  I clicked on it, hoping and praying that this is what I was looking for.  It was!

Here’s a blurb from the site:

MY JOB CHART was created for the conscientious parent as a tool to help teach their children to work.

In an increasingly urban lifestyle teaching kids to work has become a real challenge to many parents. A simple job chart is useful to help parents manage the chores around the house. An online job chart helps parents manage household jobs easily and efficiently. It also adheres to the technologically advanced mindset of many of today’s children.

Using an innovative job chart that is based on technology, positive feedback, and mutually determined rewards, myjobchart.com helps parents help their children be responsible and develop a good work ethic.

Here’s what I love about it ~ Continue reading »

Jul 102010

Part Three of Chores or Service Opportunities?

We have a system of Service Opportunities in place for our children to earn money.  The system allows us to pay a pre-determined amount of money for common household chores. (See The Habit of Rewarding Service)

A common problem with this method is that a child will perform a Service Opportunity, and then tell Hodgepodgemom about it.  Hodgepodgemom would keep the tally and pass it on for me to calculate the amount of money earned by each child.  Sometimes, though, Hodgepodgemom was busy with other things and would forget to record the task in the child’s Service Opportunity tally.  The fact that the task was done thus gets forgotten.

Knowing that this was a problem, we set out to develop a new way to track Service Opportunities.

Enter the Service Opportunities chalkboard and accompanying tally clipboard. Continue reading »

The habit of rewarding service

 Posted by on December 19, 2009  10 Responses »
Dec 192009

Part Two of Chores or Service Opportunities?

As parents, we want our children to have wisdom, faithfulness, and diligence.  They need to be able to handle money wisely.  They also need to learn how to work.  We combine these two goals; we pay our children for a portion of their work around the house.

The bible clearly links work with material gain.  It also links work to our very sustenance (2 Thes. 3:10-12).

God does not give allowances to those who won’t work (although He does provide for those who can’t).  We are living in a time when some believe that they are “entitled” to something for which they did not work.

“What do your children do with all of that money?” you may ask.  We divide earnings into seven categories: Continue reading »

Chores or service opportunities?

 Posted by on December 15, 2009  8 Responses »
Dec 152009

Which sounds better to you – a household task or a chance to help? When I think of chore I think of Eeyore, hanging his head down because he has to rebuild his house of sticks, again. However, in service, we can choose to find freedom. The Bible urges us to serve one another in Galatians 5:13:

It is absolutely clear that God has called you to a free life. Just make sure that you don’t use this freedom as an excuse to do whatever you want to do and destroy your freedom. Rather, use your freedom to serve one another in love; that’s how freedom grows. For everything we know about God’s Word is summed up in a single sentence: Love others as you love yourself. That’s an act of true freedom…

In our home, we have basic expectations for everyone. Make your bed. Pick up after yourself. Clear your spot at the table. Maintain your jurisdiction. Most things above and beyond the basics we will gladly PAY to be done. Paid jobs are called service opportunities.

Home Blessing Hour. One fun way the children can earn quick service opportunities money is during our weekly home blessing hour. This time is similar to Kendra’s Power Hour. We put jobs on strips of paper and each draws one. The timer is set for 10 minutes. Home blessing includes: Continue reading »