My Job Chart to the Rescue!

by Janice

The Situation

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It is Saturday afternoon. My nine year old son is on the couch watching Star Wars — for the 983rd time in his life.

I ask him to take out the dog and the whining begins. “Moooom — I don’t waaant to! Why don’t YOU do it???” Then he starts firing out excuses. “There is sap in my Crocs — I can’t!” “It is too cooold.” “The dog doesn’t even WANT to go out!”

Rage is bubbling and rising inside me. Seriously child?!? It is your dog — the dog for whom you begged and pleaded… and made countless empty promises.

Finally, my son puts on his shoes and takes the dog outside. For less than two minutes. Sigh…

Enter: My Job Chart

But I have a NEW tool to revolutionize life with my chore-resisting son — My Job Chart.

I discovered it a couple weeks ago in my inbox. Well, the chart wasn’t in my inbox. But an email from the creator, Gregg Murset, caught my eye and I clicked his link and found the best kids chore chart EVER — and it is even FREE! I couldn’t wait to reply through email. I picked up the phone and called Gregg right.that.minute. I knew I wanted to spread the news about My Job Chart!

It is not surprising that My Job Chart is the perfect answer for parents looking to instill a work ethic in their tech savvy, 21st century (and sometimes lazy) children. Gregg Murset, financial adviser and father of six, was desperate for an effective and simple way to get his kids motivated and organized with their household responsibilities.

Why We Created My Job Chart from Gregg Murset on Vimeo.

Finding no online tools that met his needs, Gregg decided to create one! He invested his own money to build the exact online chore chart he wanted, thinking at the time that My Job Chart would merely be a tool for his own family.

But, Gregg quickly realized that his job chart had a much greater reach — parents like me need his brilliant tool. So thankfully, Gregg decided to launch his site, My Job Chart.

My Job Chart is a Revolutionary Family Resource

My Job Chart has been an instant success!

SUZE ORMAN even added MY JOB CHART as a “revolutionary family resource!”

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Suze Orman recommends My Job Chart

So far, over 48,000 kids are using the site, earning 2.8 million reward points monthly. On one day, My Job Chart added over 1,300 kids!

How MyJobChart.com Works! from Gregg Murset on Vimeo.

My Job Chart teaches kids responsibility, develops their work ethic and helps them learn the value of a dollar, while keeping them organized and motivated.

Considering today’s kids are using technology to keep track of everything from their music, to their social life, to their homework, it makes sense to have a simple online tool to help them keep control of their chores and routines — and even their allowance.

My Job Chart has a built in reward system, that parents set up and monitor, that teaches kids to earn, save and even give!

Parents can also receive an email or text when their child’s chores are completed or rewards are earned. They can then reply to this message by posting on the child’s “post-it note” to positively reinforce good behavior and work ethic. I love that I can leave encouraging notes for my son that appear right on his job page.

Starting NOW!

When my son returned from taking out the dog, I sat him down at my laptop and introduced him to My Job Chart.

Together, we set up our family account, made his profile and began building his personal chore and reward chart. Everything is customizable for each family. We choose the specific chores, the prizes and rewards he wants, and even the amount of points he will receive for each chore they complete. Already I can feel the relief of having My Job Chart reducing the nagging and whining in our household!

My Job Chart - online chore chart

In a few weeks, I will update you on how we are doing with My Job Chart.

Do you want to try it out with us? My Job Chart is FREE and takes just minutes to set up. This is one of those fabulous resources you do not want to miss!

TELL US:

How are chores going in your household?
What are the HARDEST chores to get your kids to complete?
Do you use allowance as an incentive?


Please Note: 5 Minutes for Mom is working with My Job Chart as social media consultants and My Job Chart is a 5 Minutes for Mom sponsor. But, as you can tell from my post, my enthusiasm and excitement over My Job Chart is 100% my own!

Written by Janice Croze, co-founder of 5 Minutes for Mom.
Talk with me: @5minutesformom and Facebook.com/5minutesformom.



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Janice is co-founder of 5 Minutes For Mom. She's been working online since 2003 and is thankful her days are full of social media, writing and photography. You can see more of her photos at janicecrozephotography.com.

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1 Christine March 14, 2011 at 9:09 am

We used this for a while and liked it. Need to get back to it…I think they have added more features since then too. Thanks for the reminder!

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2 Janice March 15, 2011 at 2:13 pm

Yes — they have added new features including an Amazon store so your kids can easily choose rewards :)

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4 Susie's Homemade March 14, 2011 at 10:26 am

I am so plugged in that I am surprised that our chore chart isn’t on line! I will have to check that out!!!

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5 Janice March 15, 2011 at 2:14 pm

Yes Susie – I am surprised you aren’t using it already! LOL

ENJOY!

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6 5 Minutes for Books March 14, 2011 at 10:36 am

I’m checking it out now! I keep procrastinating about setting something up, because I know I’m horrible about follow-through, but my kids need something like this!!

Jennifer

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7 Janice March 15, 2011 at 2:14 pm

ME too! I love how simple this one is for follow through though! And it is kid-driven!

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8 Jen March 14, 2011 at 11:22 am

We started using MJC about 2 months ago and still love it. My kids are excited to brush their teeth, practice the piano, clean up the toy room and undo the dishwasher. And as rewards we go to the park and make cookies. It’s awesome! I highly recommend it for anyone struggling with getting kids to do chores!

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9 Janice March 15, 2011 at 2:15 pm

Fabulous! So great to hear the feedback! :)

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10 Lindsay March 14, 2011 at 1:12 pm

It sounds awesome! Once my kids are older, I’ll check this out!

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11 Janice March 15, 2011 at 2:15 pm

And I bet by then MJC will have even MORE features! LOL

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12 ThaiHoa March 14, 2011 at 1:14 pm

That sounds like an awesome tool. I have to forward this to my sisters.

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13 Janice March 15, 2011 at 2:15 pm

Fantastic! Thanks for spreading the word!

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14 Laura March 14, 2011 at 1:50 pm

I LOVE IT!!! my kids are only 3 and 4 but I plan on trying to implement it in a simple form with the picture items. fantastic. thanks for sharing!!

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15 Janice March 15, 2011 at 2:16 pm

Yes – the pictures make it really simple! I am going to start it soon with Olivia. :)

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16 Heather March 14, 2011 at 7:42 pm

Well now I’m excited to have an older child who can read! This sounds amazing!!

Heather From and Mommy Only Has Two Hands!

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17 Janice March 15, 2011 at 2:16 pm

YAY! Enjoy!

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18 Trish March 14, 2011 at 11:19 pm

This is awesome – thank you for sharing it!!

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19 Janice March 15, 2011 at 2:16 pm

Your welcome! Thanks for the feedback! :)

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20 Gina March 15, 2011 at 1:26 am

Sounds interesting! Just wondering the recommended age range. I can’t see my 16 year old getting excited about this, but who knows!

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21 Janice March 15, 2011 at 2:18 pm

I am not sure about a 16year old — it seems targeted at a bit of a younger demographic. BUT the older ones WILL like easily keeping track of their earnings, etc. And – less nagging too!

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22 Deanne March 15, 2011 at 7:09 am

We have been using this for a few weeks now and we love it! We have a computer for the kids in the den and I have a shortcut link that goes straight to the login page for them. They can jump on, check out their list, check off their chores and then turn in their points. The other thing that I love is that I also signed up to receive text messages for when they turn in points. We use the points for privileges. Things like computer time, TV time, special things that they want to do, things like that. We don’t have it tied to money at this point – only privileges. And we don’t only have chores on there. We also have their personal responsibilities. Things like hanging up their coat and backpack after school, brushing their teeth, making their bed, putting their dirty clothes in their baskets, things like that. They even have the option of extra points by doing things like checking the mail, helping their little sister or brother with a chore, things like that. It’s a great tool!

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23 Janice March 15, 2011 at 2:19 pm

That is WONDERFUL Deanne! Thanks so much for the great feedback – it is so helpful to know what a success it is with your family. :)

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24 Deanne March 15, 2011 at 2:28 pm

Sure thing! We just love it. And the part that I like is that I can go in and adjust their points manually as well. And leave them notes too. So if I notice that they had a particularly good attitude, I have gone in, thrown in a few extra points and left them a note letting them know about it and thanking them for it. It’s a nice way to throw some extra positive feedback their way (because as parents, I think most of us tend to focus more on correcting poor behavior than complimenting and appreciating good behavior) and they of course, love getting extra, unexpected points too! :)

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25 Vera March 15, 2011 at 11:53 am

I LOVE this idea. I can’t believe I never heard of this before. What a great way to get kids excited!

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26 Janice March 15, 2011 at 2:19 pm

Isn’t it wonderful! I was so thrilled to find out about it!

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27 @BarbaraJones March 15, 2011 at 12:23 pm

Hey Janice- man oh man, do I ever need this for my 8 yo right now. She’s a very good girl but the whining when I ask her to do her chores is driving me bonkers. This looks really cool so thanks for bringing it to my attention (the ‘ol magnet board just ain’t cutting it these days). Do they have any apps for her iTouch (which, by the way, she bought with her own money) :-)

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28 Janice March 15, 2011 at 2:20 pm

I need to find out about the apps — cause I was wondering the very same thing!

Good for her for saving up for an iTouch! WOW!

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29 Leah March 15, 2011 at 12:56 pm

We are just starting to give my son chores. He’s only 5. I’m going to be checking this out. Because he has Aspergers, anything with the computer makes him happy. I love this idea!!

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30 Janice March 15, 2011 at 2:20 pm

Fabulous Leah — let us know how it goes!

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31 jennyonthespot March 16, 2011 at 1:55 pm

PERFECT timing. I saw your post, literally, hours after I discovered this site! I signed up immediately, but didn’t get to really check it out. And then reading your post just drove in the truth – I NEED THIS. I have a hand-drawn chart, but this… THIS. Thank you so much for this post to. Makes my digging through easier :)

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32 Kippo Kids March 26, 2011 at 2:31 am

Oh my goodness. I just came across this. I have been working on making my own chore chart (not good) because I have 3 children who all need to be pictching in more. I don’t just want to nag them everyday about different chores so this is the PERFECT solution. I love it and I can’t wait to try it. Yippee for creative new parent tools.

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33 Sprklz April 20, 2013 at 2:21 am

I have a question Ladies – I would like to do as Deanne said and use it for privileges in the beginning. But I’m having trouble as far as how many points to assign a certain chore/responsibility & outdoor time.

My son is 11yrs and has ADHD & O.D.D.(oppositional defiant disorder) and can only follow 1 task at a time gets very distracted too.

Any suggestions would be very much appreciated & helpful, Thank You!

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34 georgeanna April 25, 2013 at 7:28 am

can someone please help me I can’t figure out how to make a job compleated on mychorejob.com

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