Help for Busy Moms – GoalForIt.com

By | January 10, 2012

Goal For It
I have a confession to make…  Although I have the best of intentions, my kids don’t help around the house as much as they should.  Although I dream of having an immaculate house with kids who remember to pick their towels off the floor and make their beds each morning, the reality is I end up doing those things myself more often than not.  Sometimes it’s just easier that way.  So when I heard that GoalForIt allows you to make a free chore chart for your kids, I was excited to give them a try.

GoalForIt.com offers chore charts for kids of all ages – from preschoolers to teens.  We have used goal charts in the past with our oldest two kids and have found them to be a very positive and effective way to teach kids responsibility.  My kids always loved putting  stickers on their charts and would usually remind me when they had earned another one.  My 2 youngest children have never had a chore chart so I immediately set about creating charts for them.

To get started with GoalForIt, you do have to sign up for a free account.  This is so you can save any charts you make.  The whole process of signing up and creating my first chore chart took me less than 5 minutes.  I was impressed with how easy it was.

online chore charts

Each chart is personalized with your child’s name.  They have over 50 different backgrounds to choose from, so you can customize your child’s chore chart according to their likes and interests.   They offer a variety of themes from Aliens to teddy bears.  The designs for younger children are just adorable.  I was also glad to see that they have solid colors to use on charts for older kids and teens.

online chore charts

After you have the chore chart design completed, it is time to add tasks.  This process couldn’t be any easier.  You simply click on a button to add it to the chart.  They have categories for chore and responsibilities, behavioral, healthy habits or custom tasks.  I found the custom tasks to be especially helpful.  You can even set the days the task needs to be done.

The task buttons themselves include pictures so your child can tell at a glance what needs to be done for the day.  This is very helpful if your child isn’t yet reading as they will still be able to figure out their tasks from the pictures.

online chore charts

I really like that you have the option to use the chore charts entirely online or print them.  If you choose the online option, your kids get to choose a sticker when they complete a task.

Although I had planned on just using this site with my 2 youngest children, I did check out the chore charts for pre-teens and teens.   After browsing their charts, I may use one with my 13 year old as well.  The teen and pre-teen charts feature solid colors and don’t have the cutesy tone of the charts for younger kids.  The tasks are also more grown up and start teaching kids to take responsibility for their health, money, and emotional well-being.

After I did some more exploring, I discovered they also have goal charts – which are basically chore charts for adults.  I think I am going to use this myself to set up my daily to-do list of blogging tasks and household cleaning.  I typically print a to-do list each morning, but using GoalForIt.com will save paper and still help me to get things done.  Did I mention that all this is free?!!

The only problem I discovered with GoalForIt was that it didn’t play nice with my Chrome browser.  The finished chart would never load.  Once I switched over to Firefox, everything went smoothly.

GoalForIt’s chore charts are definitely something I am going to be using with my kids.  I was impressed with how quick it was to set everything up.  My younger daughters love the fun graphics and bright colors of their chore charts.  They are excited to begin using them.  If you need a positive way to help teach your child responsibility, be sure to visit GoalForIt.com to set up your own chore chart.

Disclosure:  This is a compensated post, but all opinions are my own and were not influenced in any way by the sponsor.

 

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