A while back we were talking about how different people and families tackle chores. How some people find doing laundry relaxing and some dread the though of it. How some people sing and dance with the vacuum and how some find pleasure in manically scrubbing the bathtub. And especially how some want to see their entire family cleaning with them the whole Saturday evening and some just send everyone out so they can get the work really done.
So we came up with a scientific method of determining your chore doing style. It is 100% accurate and the results will help you navigate chores better. If you want to find out whether you belong among neat-freaks or total slobs, this fun quiz will help you learn exactly where you stand on the chore-doing spectre and it will also equip you with some tips on how to be more productive according to your personality.
While allowance is by no means a child’s right, it definitely is one of the best ways to teach children how to handle their finances. Kids need to learn the basics of money: where it comes from, how it should be spent and saved, and most importantly – that the resources are limited.
This is especially important now, when a lot of our own purchases are done online and kids don’t get to see money exchanging hands. It is easy to miss the facts that things cost money – even if we buy them online or with a credit card – which can cause financial troubles in their future.
While 93 families in the Memphis area entered the challenge, the raffle picked among those who did enough chores to complete the challenge and decided on four winners, who will get to see the shows for free.
Although banks won’t approve credit cards for kids under the age of 18, a lot of kids now have and use credit cards as the authorised users on their parents accounts.
A 2016 Parents, Kids & Money survey conducted by T. Rowe Price revealed that 18% of children ages 8-14 now have access to credit cards, even if as much as 66% of parents believe kids should be at least 15 to get access to their first credit card. The number of kids with credit cards has actually more than quadrupled in the last four years!
As parents we might try to limit our children’s access to screens, but I know it is not always that easy. What we can do is make sure we provide them with educational apps, that will also keep them entertained for hours. Finding great quality apps can be hard, especially next to a busy schedule and always bored kids asking to play mindless games on the tablet. And since our kids are in the phase where they want to know everything about every possible animal on the planet, I created this list of apps that can help kids spend some time on their mobile devices and learn at the same time.
Great news everyone! Our mobile app Homey was reviewed AND approved by Best Apps for Kids – one of the best online resources for parents looking for great apps for their families. On their site they feature only the best apps they find – and only the ones they find are safe and beneficial to kids. We’re thrilled and honoured that the team behind the site recommended Homey to their readers!
They wrote “Homey is a unique chore app designed to help get every member of the family on the same page when it comes to taking care of the household responsibilities. With the ability to set up your household and unique chores for each member of the family, this app offers a great alternative to the traditional app chart. It includes leader boards, pre-loaded chore tasks, and the ability to take pictures of the tasks when they are complete in order to help households keep up with the ever-growing list of chores.”
Summer is here! School is out for the summer and your kids will probably have some spare time on their hands. You can help them alleviate their boredom by assigning them more chores. They’ll be thankful for that, right? Just kidding! But they will be thankful if extra chores will perhaps increase their pocket money they can spend on ice cream. To make chores more fun, we picked five cool and refreshing chores for kids that are the favorites (among chores) in our home for hot summer days.
Do your kids help around the house? I’ve heard that some kids take on chores voluntarily (if that is your case, please share your secrets!), but many parents feel that children are either too busy for chores or maybe too sloppy to do them properly. Some parents just don’t feel it is worth the effort because assigning chores to kids often leads to family conflicts. So why should you insist on chores for everyone?
Let’s start with a confession: I don’t really believe in Spring cleaning. I believe our home should be relatively clean all the time and that with proper rotation of housework through the year we don’t need to take a week off to scrub our walls.
Homey mobile app for families and roommates is finally ready to show itself to the world!
The beta release is just a month or two away – here is a sneak peek into how the app works. We’re hoping to make communication about household chores easier in your home too – it certainly boosted our own productivity 🙂 Enjoy!