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Rubric Rules:
A Cleaning System for Kids

  • Are you struggling to get your children to clean their rooms and help around the house?

  • Do your children understand the value of money and how to manage it wisely? 


Rubric Rules: A Cleaning System for Kids is a practical, step-by-step guide that teaches parents how to get their kids to clean their rooms and manage their Earned-Allowance responsibly. Featuring a tool called Rubric Rules, this unique method is based on worksheets called “rubrics” which teachers use in the classroom.

Parents can customize the Rubric Rules to add a deadline, a consequence, and an Earned-Allowance. There’s even a Good Attitude task!

Also incorporated into the book is a Money Management System that teaches children how to budget money. With each Earned-Allowance payment, money is divided into four categories:  Giving, Short-Term Savings, Long-Term Savings, and Spending, which gets children into a lifetime habit of managing money wisely. The book is for any parent who has a child between the ages of 4 and 18.

Rubric Rules Chore Charts

This is a sample rubric for children ages 4 to 10.  There are rules for when the room must be completed and privileges to be lost if it's not cleaned well or on time.  The Earned-Allowance is built right in!

Rubric Rules Chore Charts

This is a sample rubric for children ages 7 to 18. Each task must be inspected and graded by the parent at the predetermined time. A Good Attitude task is incorporated right into the rubric!

Rubric Rules Include:

  • A variety of ready-made or easy-to-customize checklists of tasks that must be done. 

  • Rubrics for cleaning a bedroom, bathroom, game room, and other common areas - even laundry and deep cleaning rubrics!

  • Rubrics with pictures of tasks for children as young as four.

  • Checklists for both parent and child to grade the quality of each individual task.

  • A definite deadline of when the room must be completed.

  • Built-in consequences if room is not cleaned correctly or on time.

  • Built-in Earned-Allowance that pays according to the quality of the work done.

  • Incorporated Good Attitude tasks, which both the child and the parent have to evaluate.

  • Corresponding Money Management System that teaches children lifelong habits of how to manage money responsibly.

  • The importance of a strong work ethic and helping others.

Watch this instructional video to learn how to use Rubric Rules. Rubric Rules: A Cleaning System for Kids was formerly known as How to Get Your Children to Clean Their Rooms Using Rubric Rules.

Rubrics and Money Management:

Incorporated into the Rubric Rules is an excellent money management system that teaches children fiscal responsibility.  Each week, the child is paid an Earned-Allowance according to the quality of the work done.  This Earned-Allowance is not bonus money to be spent in any manner the children wish.  Instead, the purpose of this Earned-Allowance is to get children into a lifelong habit of always dividing their pay into different categories such as giving, saving, and spending. 


Each week, children have to divide up their allowance into four categories:

  • Jar #1: Give (Church or Charity): 10% of allowance

  • Jar #2: Short-Term Savings: 20% of allowance

  • Jar #3: Long-Term Savings/Bank: 20% of allowance

  • Jar #4: Spend: 50% of allowance.


Teaching children that a portion of their pay always goes into savings first, is a must-learn lesson in fiscal responsibility.   


This Money Management System also teaches children to spend wisely and within their means.  By encouraging parents to only pay for basic needs, and children to pay for all nonessentials themselves, the children get plenty of practice managing their own money.  Since they can only spend 50% of what they earn, this system also teaches them delayed gratification and ideas of how to earn extra money to buy supplemental items.


This system is also an excellent way to teach your children math skills.  Each week, the children have to practice counting out the money and figuring out the percentages to put in each jar.  This weekly practice gives them an amazing advantage in math skills at school.

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