Mother praised for ‘life-changing’ chore chart in which she FINET her children for not helping in the house
- An Australian mother came up with an ingenious way to teach children responsibility
- Keira Alexander has made a graph in which children are rewarded or fined for their behavior
- Points can be earned by brushing teeth, unloading plates and feeding pets
- Points are deducted for throwing clothes on the floor, being rude or telling lies
- Rewards such as money, sleepovers and ice cream are given at the end of the week
A mother who wants to teach her children a sense of responsibility has created a chart that rewards them for doing odd jobs, but fines for messiness and bad behavior.
In an effort to encourage her young daughters to help around the house, the Australian mother of two Keira Alexander drew up a spreadsheet with points for unloading dishes and feeding pets, and deducted for lying, fighting and clothing leave it on the floor.
Basic activities such as dressing, brushing teeth and doing homework are worth five points, while extra chores such as vacuuming, cleaning the bathroom sink and washing the car attract somewhere between 50 and 250 points.
Rude and unhelpful gestures such as throwing towels on the bathroom floor instead of putting them in the laundry basket, leaving toys on the floor, throwing tantrums and forgetting to close the toilet seat can cost the girls up to 100 points.
The system gives bonuses of 10 or 20 points for things like being friendly, listening attentively and completing all basic chores in one day.
The Australian mother-of-two Keira Alexander has created this spreadsheet to teach her young daughters a sense of responsibility
Chores such as vacuuming, cleaning the bathroom sink and washing the car draw anywhere between 50 and 250 points, while bad behavior such as lying, fighting and leaving clothes on the floor can cost the girls up to 100 points
Rewards such as money, sleepovers, trips to the cinema, takeaway and longer time on the iPad are awarded at the end of each week if the children behave well enough to collect the necessary points.
Having a sleepover with friends requires 500 points, while rock climbing and going to the cinema require 750 points each.
The girls can take a day off if they collect 10,000 points.
The idea has been widely praised and praised as ‘life-changing’ by fellow parents since it was shared in a parent group on Facebook in early February.
Rewards such as money, sleepovers and extended time on the iPad are awarded at the end of each week if the children behaved well enough to collect the necessary points
The idea has been widely praised and praised as ‘life-changing’ by fellow parents since a parent’s group was shared on Facebook in early February (stock image)
“I tried this for my own children and it’s just life-changing,” said a mother.
“I need this in my life – my son will work for these rewards!” another said.
When a woman joked about having a similar card for her husband, Mrs. replied, “I was thinking of adding my husband to our chore chart, but then I realized that I probably didn’t want to offer him the rewards that I know he would demand! “