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.
When it comes to getting my kids to do chores, they aren’t always motivated by money as much as they are motivated by a privilege or an activity. While I want them to understand the value of a dollar and how best to balance spending and saving, I also want them to learn to cherish the little things and spend their lives appreciating other things besides money. Because in the real world, doing something for someone isn’t always rewarded with cold hard cash. Sometimes you get something less tangible that can help create lifelong memories, provide you with a unique opportunity or allow you to get to know someone better.
To keep track of my kid’s chores, we have been using a new app called ChorePal, presented by COUNTRY Financial®. COUNTRY Financial® is an insurance and financial services company that offers auto, home, business and life insurance. They also offer retirement planning services, investment management, and annuities. They take a personal approach to their full-service offerings and strive to help parents teach their kids valuable life lessons including the value of hard work and the benefits and best practices for saving and investing. The COUNTRY Financial® ChorePal App allows parents to do this in a fun and simple way. Plus, it’s free!
The ChorePal app has helped us organize and keep track of the chores that each of my kids is assigned to each week. In the parent’s side of the app, I created a profile for each of my kids. Then I created chores, gave each chore a point value and assigned them to each child. I then also created a list of possible rewards and the associated points required to redeem each reward.
As they do their chores, they go in and mark them off. I then check that they have done them, and approve it as complete. Each chore has a point value that, once complete, they are awarded and it gets added to their total points.
As they do chores and rack up points, they can earn badges and eventually redeem their points for rewards. The app does all the work keeping track of everything which makes my life so much easier!
While I do have a monetary reward, the bulk of their rewards are non-monetary, and they get far more excited about the non-monetary ones. In order to help inspire you to come up with rewards for your kids, I put together a list of 50 non-monetary chore reward ideas. A few of them are the edible kind, and while I don’t recommend rewarding with food, I do think sometimes that it’s ok if it’s something special. Some aren’t money based but are “object” based, but I think there is a balance of activity rewards, privilege rewards, edible rewards and object rewards.
50 Non-Monetary Chore Rewards
- A picnic in the park
- A movie
- A trip to the trampoline or inflatables place
- Roller skating
- Ice skating
- A trip to the beach
- A playdate
- Extra TV time
- Extra video game / tablet / computer time
- Choice of what’s for dinner
- One-on-one time outside the house with mom
- One-on-one time outside the house with dad
- A trip to the ice cream parlor
- Control of the remote for the evening
- A trip to the zoo
- A trip to an amusement park
- A trip to a museum
- A trip to a sporting event
- A trip to the arcade / fun center
- Mini golf
- Stay up late
- Have a friend sleep over
- Movie rental
- Music downloads
- A day off from chores
- A new book
- Art or craft activity
- Be the parent for the day and make all the activity & meal decisions
- Bake together
- Control of the radio in the car
- A night in a hotel with a pool
- Dinner at a restaurant of their choice
- New art supplies
- Spend the night with grandparents
- Sleep on the couch for one night
- A new stuffed friend
- Visit a splash pad
- Choosing the games for family game night
- Rent a bike and explore the city
- Choice of cereal at the grocery store
- Eat dessert first
- Breakfast for dinner
- Extra dessert
- Borrow the camera
- Built a fort in the house and sleep in it
- Trip to the dollar store
- New bedding
- Choose who sits where at the dinner table
- Make dinner for the family
Help your kids learn about responsibility and the value of hard work by downloading the free COUNTRY Financial®ChorePal app here: www.getchorepal.com.
What types of rewards work best to motivate your kids to do their chores?