Kevin’s Chore Philosophy

• My child’s goal is her numerical age. Therefore, if my daughter is 14, her goal is 14 points for the week. That doesn’t mean she has to do 14 different chores to meet her weekly goal, it just means you have to earn 14 points. Because some chores equal 2-3 points, you may only have to do 8 or so chores per week to reach your goal. Regardless, if you do not meet your goal for that week, you do not receive any money for any of your work for that week.

• The week spans from Monday through Sunday. My intent as a parent is to pay my children by Monday or Tuesday of the following week (if they have reached their goal).
• If you reach your goal, your financial reward is 50 cents for each point earned. In other words, if your 16 years old and you reach your goal, you’ve earned 16 points or $8.00 for that week.

• Cleaning their room is generally not part of the point system. That is their responsibility although if they clean their room without asking, they may receive a few points for initiative. There are some extenuating circumstances where you may give them a few points for cleaning their room to help get them in the spirit of doing other chores.

• The objective is to earn most of your points on weekends. Weekdays can be busy with school and activities – my intent is for each child to earn at least 1-2 points most weekdays but the majority on Saturday and Sunday.

• If you help your Mom or Dad with leaf raking, cleaning the garage, painting or putting away Christmas decorations, your point value will be determined not only on what you did but on your attitude during the chore.

• I do not condone my child arguing with the point amount given for a chore. At the same time, I don’t mind if my child constructively explains why the point amount may be too high or too low. Trust me, most children would not complain about a point amount being too high! They’re kids for heaven’s sake!

• When your child helps with chores, they don’t need to continually ask you how many points they are earning. They need to realize you will be fair with the point distribution.

• Good behavior usually does not warrant a child receiving points except in rare situations. If you use it sparingly but helps improve your child’s attitude, it can be useful every once in a while.

• For the youngest teenager, I would recommend helping her with some tasks. Sometimes she needs some motivation or momentum to get her chores completed.

• It is also important to teach her how to dust or vacuum. Other chores can teach the kids to pick up things, mop the floor, or clean the bathrooms. Learning these skills as a kid will be very beneficial in later life.

• I sometimes try to start the kids off with an easy task on cleaning days – especially if they aren’t motivated to clean. My goal is to help me gain their momentum so they can get into the groove, do a number of things, and make a difference.

• Double bubble. This occurs during the Christmas holiday and my kid’s birthdays. It can also be implemented on the parent’s discretion. They receive twice the value than normal.

• On cleaning days, it is advisable to list a number of chores that need to be done. Then each of my children can rotate turns picking one chore at a time from the list of chores. This structure seems to help know what chores need to be done during the days we do the cleaning.

• Initiative is also very important. If a child does a chore or assists you without being asked, this will be noticed and chances are they will receive additional initiative points.

• Initiative applies to positive behavior too. I will not compensate them necessarily but will provide positive strokes for positive behavior or attitude.

• You have no restriction on what type of chore you’re interested in, but your chore must be on the chore list or somehow add value to the family.

• There is no limit to the amount of points you can earn in a given week. If someone wants to do 7 chores each day for an entire week, that’s OK. There’s plenty of work available.

Kevin Schwarm

I have over 25 years of professional experience in business, information technology (IT), and customer service. Industry experience in retail, medical insurance, higher education, non-profit, financial services, and property and casualty insurance. Customer focused professional interested in providing value (save time, money and aggravation) by evaluating and analyzing information, services and products with a unique perspective.

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