On Monday, at around 3:30PM, John & I took an unexpected trip to San Antonio; picking the girls up from grandmas was not an option. My poor mother needed saving and I wasn’t about to keep her waiting.
Yesterday – since the girls are now home – I decided to make it our “official” Summer Cleaning day (just like Spring Cleaning, only for summer–LOL). But first, before we got started with anything, I headed to Tykoon to set up a FREE account. I was sure this would help get the girls motivated to do their jobs – and you know what? It did.
A financial services platform for kids using real money and real experiences to help educate kids on how to earn, save, give and spend. Tykoon partners with parents to help teach kids the family’s values about money and instill a strong work ethic. It empowers kids to be confident and smart with their money by teaching them what they need to know. And the bonus – it helps change a child’s argument from “I want!” into a motivated “How do I earn?” conversation.
~ Tykoon is for kids of all ages and is especially recommended for kids ages 8-12
The girls and I have really enjoyed our experiences with Tykoon so far. Yesterday’s Summer Cleaning Day was actually successful because of it. And this is why:
- I set up a free account and added both Patience and Piper as my kids. I did the initial chore chart I needed the girls to do (as well as added the allowance & non-monetary rewards for each (some of them didn’t have a single reward because I felt it was something they should do without being rewarded).
- After the successful sign up I sat both Patience and Piper down. Shared their individual log-in information and helped them sign in for the first time .
- As I gathered cleaning supplies and things I’d need for our big cleaning day I told the girls to go ahead and explore the site on their own.
- It seemed like they were PROs right from the start because in no time at all, they had their complete page customized and their wish list (nearly) complete. They were motivated to get started too (like runners at the starting line of their first 5K run). It’s actually the first time – in a very long time – that I didn’t have to fuss with them about cleaning.
- When we were done with all of our chores (which was surprisingly faster than usual) I was able to sit them down and go over everything in more detail; this included talking to them about reaching goals, giving back, earning rewards (both monetary and non-monetary) and more.
Since yesterday, the girls have been eager to get things done, and I’m serious. The first thing Patience did when she woke up this morning was fix her bed (if you felt the earth move – that was why). She never fixes her bed!
I told the girls about the Tykoon Spotted iPhone App today [The Tykoon Spotted APP lets kids snap pictures of what they want to add to their wish list] and now they’re even more excited about doing their chores. They’ve got a few items in mind, for adding to their wish list, and can’t wait to earn up enough money to buy them.
Earn Some Amazon Money – Tykoon has this “5 Friends” offer where you can earn a $25 Amazon Gift Card. Here’s how: Invite 5 friends. If they stay on for one month you get the Gift Card.
Our Recommendation: If you’re looking to teach your kids about money (via ways to save, give, earn, and spend), I do encourage you to check out Tykoon. It’s definitely improved the way my kids react to their chore list…as well as the way dad and I hand out their earnings. We love that they can now see their money grow and that it’s motivating them to do more (to earn more) without argument…Thank you Tykoon!
Disclosure: I participated in a campaign on behalf of Mom Central Consulting for Tykoon. I received a promotional item as a thank-you for participating