We have unsuccessfully tried several allowance and chore programs at our house, but nothing has worked for us. I think I finally found something that will work-doughmain.com. It is a new free website that contains lots of family organizer tools to help manage my family and even online games to teach the kiddos about money and financial responsibility. Here are some features I am most excited about:
You assign each kid a color. You can assign chores on a daily, weekly, or monthly basis. I also love that when tasks are completed, you can reward your kids with either monetary allowance or "dough points". "Dough points" are virtual currency your kids earn to spend on privileges. For example, by doing their chores, they can earn "dough points" to trade in for computer time, television shows, trips, treats, or special outings. You set it up, and doughmain.com keeps track of everything online for you.
doughmain.com also has an family calendar. It is color coded for each family member, so with just a quick glance you can see what everyone's schedule is. You can also import community calendars.
In addition to all these great organizing tools, doughmain.com also has several financial responsibility games. There are fun online games (SandDollarCity.com, The FunVault.com, and IRuleMoney.com) especially developed depending on their age. They'll think they are just playing a fun game, but they will actually be learning important life skills.
If you want an easy way to organize your family and teach your children about financial responsibility, sign up today at doughmain.com. If you enter "dough" as the reference coded, you will be entered for a chance to win a $500 Visa gift card.