AS we’re sure all parents will agree, getting your little ones to help out around the house is something of a chore in itself.
That said, one mum has come up a genius way of getting her two sons to complete their weekly chores – and we wish we’d thought of it ourselves.
Rachel made the colour-coded chore boards for her two sonsCredit: this_mum_makes / Instagram
Mum-of-two Rachel Riley shared a photo of her impressive colour-coded “chore board” on her Instagram page This Mum Makes.
The mum blogger had previously rewarded her children for good behaviour by giving them a piece of dry pasta to put in a jar – once it was full, they’d get £5 of pocket money.
But as they’re growing up, Rachel decided she wanted to teach her sons about the value of money – and developed a chore board to “bribe” them into helping out at home.
For instance, the boys will get 5p for every time they tidy up after themselves at breakfast and dinner, 10p for sweeping the kitchen floor and 20p for stripping their beds on a Saturday.
The rewards them with small change for helping around the houseCredit: this_mum_makes / Rachel Riley
Rewards range from 5p to 50pCredit: this_mum_makes / Instagram
Rachel wrote: “Some of these tasks they already did without expecting anything in return – but as I frigging hate stripping beds and making packed lunches, I really don’t mind them getting a bit of money for that.
In total, the boys can earn roughly an extra £2.50 a week by doing their chores – and only get their pocket money on Fridays if they keep their rooms tidy all week. Genius.
Rachel made the labels for the envelopes herself but bought the cork board and string from B&M and the mini pegs from This Works.
What’s more, Rachel has been struggling to get her older son to do his homework.
She added: “Reuben quite honestly has me on the verge of a breakdown every week. I try to make it fun and be enthusiastic but it becomes a ‘battle’ and can literally go on for hours and before I know it, our Saturday morning has gone.”
To try and solve his ongoing issue, Rachel rewards him 50p every time he does it without complaining.
The mum also has a 50p envelope for when her sons don’t complain about doing homeworkCredit: this_mum_makes / Rachel Riley
At the end of the week, Rachel will put all the money her sons have earned from the chore board into a pot which they can only have at the end of the month.
Unsurprisingly, others mums have been inspired by Rachel’s genius idea.
One replied: “Money is just a tool and it’s a modern tool kids understand the value of. If it works, use it!”
Another added: “This is amazing! Absolutely love the ‘without complaining’ on the homework task.”
A third gushed: “This is the best idea ever i need something like this.”
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