PAYjr, introduce your kids to the corporate world early!
Wow, I’m completely surprised that someone both made this and others think it’s a good idea. PAYjr (via techcrunch) is an online chore tracking and payment system that completely intermediates any contact between parent and child in the household chore process. All interaction should occur via the website, parents can schedule chores and payments and household employees, I mean children, can indicate when they’ve completed said work. It does not come with cubicles for your child, but I’m sure that the enterprising parent will quickly grasp the efficiencies to be had by replacing bedrooms for their children with cubicles.
I have so many problems with this it’s mind boggling. First of all, as techcrunch says, it’s like a sort of CRM billing system for the family. But they say that like it’s a good thing. Why would you treat your child like they were an employee and not, you know, your child? Is it really so difficult to keep track of the fact that the dishes aren’t done? Or the trash isn’t taken out? Because I’ll tell you, my folks could tell when I hadn’t done the chores because the trash was still inside or the dishes were still dirty, that was the subtle tip off.
Also, having this system doesn’t teach kids about responsibility, it teaches them the cold hard facts of working in the corporate world where no one cares about you, they care about results. Tieing chores and what not to payment doesn’t teach them responsibility, it teaches them that they should expect payment for anything they do that they don’t necessarily want to. Talking to your kid teaches them about responsibility, raising your child yourself teaches them about life and being a good person.
Shrug, I’m sure I’m wrong about this, plenty of people seem to like it and they’re the ones with kids. But I was a kid and I remember how it worked in my family and PAYjr. seems like a very cold, calculating way to be. What do you guys with the kids think about this?