Thursday, June 9, 2011

Magnet Responsibility Chart Review & GIVEAWAY!!!

As a parent, I have stressed about raising responsible children.  Everything from helping around the house to being kind to others.  When processing all that I think about I also begin to try and think how many chores are too much or what should I expect from my children.  I have a 5 year old and 2 year old and I know they can help around the house but I couldn’t figure out how to keep track and keep them accountable in a fun kid friendly way.  I have tried to create multiple chores charts - some are kid friendly but too short, some are so long that my children will never understand them.  I am sure they look at it and become overwhelmed.  


I came across this great product on Families With Purpose - Melissa & Doug Magnet Responsibility Chart.  Families With Purpose is a great resource website for families and has great encouragement too.  Their mission is “We inspire and enable parents to create a meaningful family life for themselves and their children by providing products, resources, and services which empower parents to take control of their family life and build a warm and loving home.”  I think this is so amazing to me as a mom.  


Families With Purpose sent me this product to review for them.  For those who read this blog you will be able to enter a giveaway for your very own Magnet Responsibility Chart!!!!!!  I love a giveaway, so enter! (See the bottom of this post for the giveaway.  DISCLOSURE:  I did receive a free Responsibility Magnetic Chart from Families With Purpose that has enabled me to do this review)

Here is how we are currently using the chart in our home.
We have hung the chart in a place where we see it all day.  We didn’t put it in Bryson’s room or is a corner.  I knew if we did that we would not use it.  This chart is heavy and made very very well.

Every week Bryson (my 5 year old son) and I sit down and pick out the 7 responsibilities from the 27 magnets provided that he will focus on for the week.  We place them in the spaces next to the days of the weeks.  I love that we can change them out easily each week and change things up.  They also give you 2 white blank magnets to write your own responsibilities on.  

With the chart, you get 63 reward magnets that are super cute smile faces.  When they accomplish a responsibility they place a reward magnet next to the responsibility magnet under the correct day of the week.  

Bryson is finding this so enjoyable and it keeps him engaged in what he needs to do throughout the week.  One rule we have is you must do the responsibilities with a positive attitude or you don’t get a reward magnet.  

At the end of the week, if Bryson gets 30 reward magnets he earns his small allowance and a slurpee or Icee from where ever he chooses.  His allowance is set at $3 a week right now.  He has three jars - Save, Spend, Give.  He puts a dollar in each one.  We are doing it this way until he understands the math of how to split up his money for Giving and Saving.  This has worked well for him.  

Families with Purpose has many many more amazing products that I can’t wait to look at and try.

Okay now is the time - this is how you can enter the giveaway... (U.S. Residents ONLY)
  • Leave a comment on this blog about how this chart would help your family
  • Visit Families With Purpose and leave a comment on this blog about another product that would help you.


Additional ways to enter... (come back and leave a comment separately for each one that you do.)
Winner will be randomly drawn on June 15th!!  Winner will be notified by email.
HAVE FUN!!!!!!

**I will add my own pictures tomorrow!




29 comments:

  1. You know I am entering this one!!!!
    This will help my kids actually enjoy their chores...they love charts and magnets!!!

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  2. I would get the LapTop LunchBox or menu planners!!! Actually anything that is organizing would be great!! I also noticed they carry cloth snack bags!! COOL!!

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  3. Ok, I have been creating my own chore charts and this would be perfect for my family! We need something that isn't going to blow off of the fridge, and something that is easier for the younger two to follow! And I love your give, save, spend jars!

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  4. I think this would be awesome for lexi, and she already said she liked it!!!

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  5. Shellie CasanovaJune 10, 2011 at 9:28 PM

    This is a GREAT idea, I think that my kids would really enjoy and maybe do some chores around the house.

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  6. GREAT product! All kids need to learn how to do chores...my as well make it fun while they do it :)

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  7. I read all of your blogs, Salena, sorry to be such a terrible commenter! I am finally a follower of your blog now. Anyway, I would love to win this and I am super impressed that the company sent you one for free and one to give away!

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  8. Loving it just like I love you!!

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  9. I think this magnet chart could be just what we need. Mike and I are struggling with getting the girls to help us. We have used reward charts before but I think this will be good to hang in a central area for all three girls to use. Thanks for the great idea!!

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  10. I would love to use this as a reminder for my sons to do their chores without me having to verbally remind them everyday. I think it would help with their sense of responsibility and pride in doing their own work.

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  11. LOVE THIS SAL!!!! HOW FUN! ps. I totally agree about finding a way for this age group to keep track without getting too overwhelmed :D LOVE IT!!!

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  12. Love it, plus it might make my BP go down!

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  13. Menu planners would be terrific!! But this chore chart would help to introduce responsibility to Gavin(2) and Alex(3). It would probably help me become more organized with my chores around the house too!!

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  14. We just started doing set chores, but this would help keep us both accountable.

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  15. OOOHHHH! I saw this a few months ago and thought about trying it, but got distracted what with the pregnancy and all. Sounds like a great idea!

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  16. I plan to use this for my husband! And then maybe the kids :)

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  17. Ooo, and I'd totally be up for trying any of those kid travel games they have...we do a lot of driving to see family and "I Spy" only gets you about 3 miles!

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  18. BETH LINDELL: This is my fourth attempt at leaving a comment so you can tell I really want this. lol. I know there are a lot of mom's out there that are ready to put this in use right now but i still have a few years before I make Evelyn do chores. However, i feel it's never to early to prepare and get ready. I think it's actually great for just my hubby and I. I love organization tools, like borderline obsessed with them. So when i saw this i realized that i'm gonna need it. So that's why you should pick me : )

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  19. BETH LINDELL: ok so i don't know how to post without it being an anonymous post. lol. Another product that i'm very interested in is the family meal planning calendar. You should get it and review it. I know you already do a meal calendar but for us who need a little more help this might be great. I'm horrible at meal planning so i'm gonna have to look into this. Love you Salena!

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  20. Love your blog Salena! The chart would help our family, because I have 4 kids, work full-time, go to grad school, and I'm going crazy trying to figure out a way to really track the kids' responsibilities. I made my own chart, but I have to print it out every week, and then when we run out of copies, it seems the printer is jammed, or some other thing, so then we have a week without a chart.....You get the idea! Something like this would be great for our family! Also, from Families With Purpose - I'm ordering the Monthly Mission Activities. We've really by trying to instill (especially in our older boys - 9 yrs. and 10 yrs) how to serve, and I think this looks like a great guide.

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  21. That looks awesome! What a great way to start Jackson young! -Stephanie McLeish

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  22. and reposting on FB! :) (I hope this is what you meant, posting a comment each time I do one of those things listed haha if not, sorry for fillin up the comments!!)

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  23. What a cool product. I think this would help Clara start to understand how each member of our family 'contributes' to make us whole. Plus, the brightly colored magnets will keep her attention and be a visual reminder.

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  24. I 'like' Families with Purpose' on FB!

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  25. Margot Carr-OOOOOH! This is great!! I know my 4 year old could use this, as we are just now in the "chore" assigning stage. She has been doing good with the few items that she has, but could use some encouragement, as well as a visual reminder!!
    I also like your "Save, Spend, Give" jars. What a great idea!!

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  26. Yahoo! I won!

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