Now, more than ever, I’m finding that I need help keeping the family organized and running smoothly. Between the kids daily activities, my work schedule and other family and extracurricular obligations, I constantly feel that I’m forgetting to do something or forgetting to take someone, somewhere.
I’ve been looking around for something to help keep our family organized and I found out about DoughMain, which is an online family organizer. This online tool acts as a family organizer, chore tracker and allowance tracker but also offers tools that help teach children about earning money, saving money and spending money.
As someone who is required to be online most of the day because of my job, I find that using an online tool is more efficient and effective for me. I can access our information from any computer and don’t have to wait until I get home to look at a calendar or chart. As I’ve been using DoughMain, here are my thoughts on tools they offer.
Family Calendar: The family calendar offers the functionality to keep track of everyone’s schedules and appointments. It is color-coded so that you can easily identify each family member and their schedule. You have the capability to sync the calendar with other platforms and can can manage it from your smartphone.
Chore Tracker: My children are at the age now where they need to be helping out around the house. We haven’t been really strict on chores, but now that we’ve moved into a bigger house with more square footage, it’s too much for me and my husband to do on our own. We’ve starting assigning the children chores, but hadn’t been keeping track of who did or didn’t do what. The Chore Tracker makes it easy to keep track of what needs to be done, assigning the chore to a specific person and also allows you the capability to assign an allowance and/or Dough Points, for each chore done. You can assign your child a profile and allow them to access their profile to check off completed tasks. Once they’ve completed a chore, you will be notified and have the option to approve it, if it was done right. Only one of my children is allowed computer time, so I login with their profile and check off completed chores for approval.
Allowance and Dough Points Tracker: There are two ways to reward for completing tasks on the chore chart. When your children complete chores, they are awarded the amount of Dough Points you specify. You can also specify a certain dollar amount that will be awarded every week for completing chores. At this point, we are only awarding $5 per week allowance per child, but they can use their Dough Points for special privileges such as 30 minutes of TV time, a sleepover, pizza outing, etc. This will allow you to keep an accurate account of what they’ve earned and will allow them to see that when they help out, they earn special privileges.
DoughMain also features online games that teach basic money lessons and how to manage a business. TheFunVault.com is a Flash game portal aimed at children five and up that teaches basic money lessons. SandDollarCity.com is a multi-player virtual world where children ages eight to 12 learn how to manage the families candy shop. As we all know, technology plays a huge role in our lives and as our children get older, it will in theirs too. I think that learning games, while still offering a fun component, is the best way for children to learn.
If you are looking for a way to get your family organized, I recommend trying out DoughMain. It’s a free service that offers you the convenience of keeping your schedule, chore charts and allowance tracker all in one place. If you are going to sign up for the service, in the reference code section, please type in the word “mommy.”
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