Mum creates clever chore board with some zip-lock bags and a cork board.
The 44-year-old mother of four, Sarah Girvan, created a ‘chore board’ that she places almost $10 worth of coins in bags labelled with jobs like ‘clean the lounge area’ and ‘feed the animals’.
Her daughter, Mackenzie, 10, can chose how often, when and which tasks she chooses to do each week, but ultimately she’ll end up doing a group of ‘free’ chores as well – just like Mrs Girvan’s other three children.
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‘We choose tasks that are age appropriate. Sometimes it’s as simple as feeding the dog – which she might get 50 cents for – or if she vacuums the lounge it will be $1,’ she told FEMAIL.
‘My husband and I were just tired of going to the supermarket or shops and for her to be asking for things all the time. This way she can learn the value of money and also buy small things that she’s been eyeing.’
‘Right now she’s really interested in making slime – which involves borax, shaving foam and glue. Those ingredients aren’t necessarily cheap so this is a good way for her to fund it,’ Mrs Girvan said.
But not everyone is so convinced about the ‘chore board’, suggesting the invention pays Mackenzie too much and she should be doing a lot of those tasks regardless of money.
‘It works for us and that’s all that matters to me,’ Mrs Girvan explained in reply.
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