** Yippee! I’m back in business. I wanted to make sure and give credit where credit is due…Here is the blog that I stumbled upon that mentioned the Handipoints system.**
Last week I decided that I was going to change my own house cleaning schedule…and I would I have to say that I love it so far. Only one room to clean at a time instead of trying to keep up with the whole house everyday, along with a 3 year old, and all of the other ‘house-wifely’ duties. When I decided to do this, I realized that I had gotten out of making my kids do their chores. I always had chores as a kid. No ifs ands or buts about it. I think that it taught me a lot and I wanted to pass that along to my own. Plus, Nicholas has to have a routine/schedule. I honestly think that he would prefer for me to schedule every minute of every day for him.
Amazingly enough, I found something that made my kids actually enjoy doing their chores. I never thought it was possible! It is called Handipoints.
I’m not fully in the “know”, but it kind of reminds me of WebKinz. Except everyone has a cat. The kids have been asking for these things for a while and I don’t fully understand everything they do, but Nicholas says that they are similiar. However, he thinks that Handipoints is “way cooler!” I do too. Handipoints is FREE!
Basically this is how it works.
You go in and set up task charts for your child(ren). You can choose from the ones they have (there are tons) or you can make your own. Eash task has 2 sets of points. One they can set reward goals with (like going to the movies, having a picnic, or turn the points into cash), and the other one is bonus points that they use to buy things with in HandiLand. They can buy different sets of furniture for their house, or different outfits and costumes. It is also a little village that they get to walk around playing games, answering trivia questions to earn more bonus points, watching movies (small cartoon clips) in the cinema, reading in the library, finding the daily hidden stamp, etc. The children get to check off their own tasks, and the parent gets to grade them (and uncheck if they didn’t actually do it!). If they score a B or better, they earn additional bonus points.
It is too cool! Educational, and free! Plus, they are enjoying earning their points, setting their own goals, and more than eager to do their chores.
Hopefully it stays that way!
This is what works for me (atleast so far…we started last Friday). For more Works For Me Wednesday posts, go on over to Rocks in My Dryer.