As we’re sure all parents will agree, getting your little ones to help out around the house is something of a chore in itself.
That said, one mum has come up a way to get her two sons to complete their weekly chores.
UK mum-of-two Rachel Riley shared a photo of her impressive colour-coded “chore board” on her Instagram page This Mum Makes.
The mummy blogger had previously rewarded her children for good behaviour by giving them a piece of dry pasta to put in a jar – once it was full, they’d get £5 (A$9) of pocket money.
But as they’re growing up, Rachel decided she wanted to teach her sons about the value of money – and developed a chore board to “bribe” them into helping out at home.
For instance, the boys will get 5p (around 10 cents) for every time they tidy up after themselves at breakfast and dinner, 10p (around 20 cents) for sweeping the kitchen floor and 20p (around 40 cents) for stripping their beds on a Saturday.
Rachel wrote: “Some of these tasks they already did without expecting anything in return – but as I frigging hate stripping beds and making packed lunches, I really don’t mind them getting a bit of money for that.”
In total, the boys can earn roughly an extra £2.50 (around $A4.50) a week by doing their chores – and only get their pocket money on Fridays if they keep their rooms tidy all week.
Rachel made the labels for the envelopes herself but bought the corkboard and string.
What’s more, Rachel has been struggling to get her older son to do his homework.
She added: “Reuben quite honestly has me on the verge of a breakdown every week. I try to make it fun and be enthusiastic but it becomes a ‘battle’ and can literally go on for hours and before I know it, our Saturday morning has gone.”
To try to solve his ongoing issue, Rachel rewards him 50p (around $A1) every time he does it without complaining.
At the end of the week, Rachel will put all the money her sons have earned from the chore board into a pot which they can only have at the end of the month.
Others mums have been inspired by the idea.
One replied: “Money is just a tool and it’s a modern tool kids understand the value of. If it works, use it!”
Another added: “This is amazing! Absolutely love the ‘without complaining’ on the homework task.”
A third gushed: “This is the best idea ever. I need something like this.”
This story originally appeared on The Sun and is republished here with permission