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.
No one wants to do chores. Not adults. And especially not kids. But chores are necessary and can teach invaluable life lessons that will serve children well as they grow up. And unfortunately, there is no shortage of chores around most households.
Chores help kids think beyond themselves. It can help them develop teamwork skills and learn about cooperation. It also helps parents establish a tone that opposes an air of entitlement kids can tend to develop. Chores teach responsibility and cause and effect as well and give them a sense of pride for a job well done. Most importantly, chores teach kids skills that they will need to become independent when they are older.
When allowances or rewards are involved, chores can also teach kids how to set goals. It can also show them the value of a dollar and how to save, share, and spend money.
My kids view chores as something parents are too lazy to do. Well, that’s wrong. My daughter is still young enough that she likes to help – sometimes. My son is convinced the only reason he has to do chores is that we enjoy watching him do stuff, so we don’t have to do it. And, like most teens, it doesn’t matter how often you try and explain why they have to do chores, all they hear is “we are the boss of you, and you have to do all of the crummy jobs.” Which means most days start and end with grunts, groans, and complaints. And that’s just not fun.
No matter whether or not they spend their time complaining about their chores, or doing them willingly, the lessons mentioned above are still there. These lessons still sink in subconsciously and help us raise better kids. But man, it would be so nice to have them learn those lessons without the disgruntled attitude.
COUNTRY Financial® is a full-service insurance and financial services company so they know how important the lessons of saving and managing personal finances are. Their COUNTRY Financial®Security Index helps measure American sentiments towards all things related to their finances. The latest COUNTRY Financial®Security Index examined Americans’ current views on teaching their children about finances through the use of chore charts and allowances. This research helped COUNTRY Financial® develop the COUNTRY Financial® ChorePal App which is a tool for families to not only manage daily chores around the house but reward kids’ efforts as well. The goal of the app is to allow parents to enforce the value of hard work, savings and investing in a simple, convenient way.
The ChorePal App is free and I recently downloaded it and started setting it up so that I can begin to use it in our lives to help turn responsibility into an opportunity to develop positive life skills and encourage a healthy financial future for my kids.
I can’t wait to try it!