This is an app called Choremonster. It is available in Android and iPhone. Caregivers can log in as parents and littles can login as children. You can add anything from the built-in chores, to special tasks for littles to accomplish in order to gain points. These points can be turned in for special rewards set by caregivers. Points can also be given by the caregiver without setting a chore or task. You can see part of the chore list and reward list I have set for our little–blue. She has taken very well to the app and is already on her way to earning lots of points. The best part is that it accepts multiple caregivers and multiple littles!

Children, chores, and the gender pay gap at home.

By Lisa Wade, PhD

Girls do more chores than boys and are less likely to get an allowance in exchange for their work. When they do, they are paid less.

Research projects on children’s time use find that boys do 43 to 46 minutes of housework for every hour that girls do. When asked to list the chores they do, girls list 42 percent more chores than boys. Girls are as likely as boys to participate in outside chores and more likely to clean their own rooms, help prepare meals, and care for sibling and pets; the only thing boys report doing more often than girls is basic housecleaning.

Another study by the children’s magazine Highlights confirmed the finding: 73 percent of their girl readers reported being assigned routine chores, compared to 65 percent of their boy readers. Girls spend more time on chores than they do playing; the opposite is true for boys.

Not only are girls more likely to be asked to help out around the house, they are less likely to get paid. The Michigan study found that boys are 15 percent more likely than girls to get an allowance for the chores they do. And when they do get paid, they get a lower wage than their brothers. Male babysitters get paid $0.50 more an hour than females. Girls do 35 percent more work than boys, but bring home only $0.73 cents on boys’ dollar.

The gender pay gap starts early.

Lisa Wade is a professor of sociology at Occidental College and the co-author of Gender: Ideas, Interactions, Institutions. You can follow her on Twitter and Facebook.

Ramadan Reinspired: Day Ten

Many men think that housework is beneath them, and some of them think that it will undermine their status and position if they help the womenfolk at home. This was not the attitude of best man to ever walk on the face of this earth - Our beloved Prophet Muhammad (SWS).

Helping your wife with the household chores is a much neglected Sunnah. When Aisha, the beloved wife of the Prophet (SWS) was asked “What did the Prophet (SWS) do in his house?” She replied, “He used to keep himself busy serving his family and when it was the time for prayer he would go for it.” (Bukhari)

If the Prophet (SWS) being the most the important man in the world did not find these things too feminine for him to do, then what about us? It is no wonder that he said, “The best of you is the one who is best to his wife, and I am the best of you to my wives.” (Tirmidhi)

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