Hi All. My name is Ace and I'm filling in for today! I can be found daily over at If You Think Round is Funny. I'm happy to be helping out and filling in for The Atomic Mom today! I must admit, the following is a redo for me. It was originally posted on my blog a month or so ago and I just made it all pretty and fresh for today.
I'm lazy like that.
The best thing since sliced bread? Yep. It's called Handipoints.
Our kids don't have the best track record with chore charts. Or the chores themselves. They have been asking for allowance for a few years now and it has yet to turn into a weekly deal.
I got allowance every week when I was their age. I never really had to do any chores, I just got it. I now see that I was slightly spoiled and have since learned that money doesn't grow on trees. I didn't really learn anything by just getting an allowance, except that I could usually get whatever I wanted. I don't want that for our kids.
Occasionally still works for me though.
Once upon a Saturday, not too long ago, I wanted to mow the yard and Superman's car was in desperate need of being cleaned out and a good scrubbing. Well, you mention washing a car and I know 3 kids that have their bathing suits on faster than you can say licketysplit.
Naturally, after the extra big chores were done, the kids wanted paid. Or as Princess put it, they wanted the green stuff. Said while rubbing her thumb and 2 fingers together.
So while I was in the shower scrubbing grass stains off my feet and chunks out of my hair, Superman came up with a plan. We've tried chore charts before and they just don't work. Dry erase boards didn't work because you have to re-write when it gets smudged, check things off, erase and start over each week. Printed chore charts didn't work because they got ripped, mysteriously fell off the fridge and never found, and you run out of ink in the printer.
We're kind of a techy family, so Handipoints is great so far! Each kid has their own username, password and fun little kitty character. When they sign in they see their cute little kitty. Their score card tells them if their chores have been graded, their points, their goals and HandiLand where they can play different games as their kitty character, they can see their Task Charts and also their Savings Goals. After they complete a chore they can check it off under Task Charts.
Superman and I also have a username as the parents. Our page opens with each score card and lets us know if we have any chores to grade. You can rate the completed chore from an A+ to an F depending on how they did and that also affects how many bonus points they get for the chore.
The points are pretty cool too. We have it set up so that Princess and Little Dude both have to reach 100 points a week and Peanut needs 125 since she's older. Each kid has 2 savings goals right now, one is a weekly allowance and the other is something bigger of their choice. At the end of the week, they can use their handipoints to "buy" their allowance and get cash in hand. Or they can apply their points towards their bigger goal.
For example. Little Dude just redeemed his 1250 points for a Wii game for $29.99. Each time he reaches 100 points, he can either choose to get $2.50 immediately and save nothing towards the game, or he can apply his points towards the game and his $2.50 for this week gets saved aside. Any week he chooses to take the cash it will add an extra week before he can get his game. He has since added another Wii game to his goals and is saving again.
So far, this website is a miracle. There hasn't been dried toothpaste in the sink since we started this program. And I couldn't even find my sandals when I needed to take the dogs out this morning because they had been neatly put in their rightful place. But not by me!