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Whether you're a parent or not, we– adults and kids of all ages included–need to be aware and knowledgeable about money, finances and budgeting. DoughMain offers a well organized, user friendly experience for the whole family.
Setting up an account is very easy. They have step-by-step instructions to guide you through the process. The parent is able to edit the child's information as needed. For example, I set this account up using my email address but had the option to use separate addresses for each kid. I chose to let them use my email to log in but they each have their own passwords.
I think every household suffers some degree of schedule-itis. I find it quite a challenge to keep all our schedules in sync. DoughMain.com offers a great solution. They have a great color-coded calendar that is completely customizable. I can view just one day at a time or a week, or the whole month. I now print out our week's schedule and put it on the fridge to keep the kids prepared.
Now that you've got all your activities organized, you can now focus on the daily drudgery… chores. Well, with this system these seemingly dull tasks become fun and rewarding responsibilities for your kids. The chore chart is the best I've ever seen. I simply set up their chores and assign a point value to each. When they check anything off the list, it changes the status to “pending approval.” When I make sure the job is done I approve it and the points are awarded into that kids account. We can even print “Dough Points Certificates” as an added incentive.
Well, what fun are points if they aren't worth anything? This is the really great part–I set up a virtual store (Privilege Catalog) where the kids can redeem their points for anything from family game night to cash. I've never seen my kids so driven to get all their stuff done! My daughter asked if she brushes her teeth three times in a row if that counts for triple points… Nice try kid. 🙂
I can also manage their allowances and add more incentives or chores as I see fit. They are learning how to save, manage and budget their points as if they were real cash. We are working up to where they will be given a prepaid credit card–but they are still a bit young for that. But with all this training, they'll be ready in no time!
I am in the process of linking their savings accounts to DoughMain so they can see how great it is to watch their money grow. And, when they are older we can then add their checking accounts so it's all in one convenient, safe location.
In the meantime, they have access to fantastic money games that are fun and educational. They each have games that fit their skill level and are having a blast playing and learning. Because of their age difference, they are three years apart, they love watching one another play the different games. My son has been great helping his little sister whenever she needs it. (More points for him!)
It is so important for us parents to make sure we give our children all the tools they need to become the successful, happy, good people we know they are. Make sure you check out DoughMain on YouTube, Facebook and Twitter for all kinds of great information and videos that help explain this great website even further.
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