This Mom Came Up With a Genius Way to Get Her Kids to Do Chores

She really does mean business.

Want to inspire your kids to help out around the house and teach them a valuable life lesson? Then you might want to take a page out of Shaketha Marion McGregor's book.

The correctional officer and mom-of-three from Georgia created a "job fair" for household positions to get her kids to complete chores for higher allowances. And the photos she posted on Facebook of her three open jobs have since gone megaviral, gaining more than 200,000 likes and 130,000 shares in a little over a week.

It all started because McGregor's kids—Jahkeem, Takeia, and Serinity—constantly ask for new gadgets, like cellphones. "So I decided to employ my children so they can buy the things they wanted with their own money," McGregor told BestLife.

Shaketha Marion McGregor
Shaketha Marion McGregor

There were listings for three key positions: Kitchen Manager, Lead Housekeeper, and Laundry Supervisor.

Shaketha Marion McGregor
Shaketha Marion McGregor

She made very official application forms, courtesy of This Mom Means Business Inc.

Shaketha Marion McGregor
Shaketha Marion McGregor

And there was even an opportunity to get a line of credit "to help build your allowance as well as character."

Shaketha Marion McGregor
Shaketha Marion McGregor

"They thought I was joking at first but then realized that I was serious," she said. And eventually, they bought into what This Mom Means Business Inc. was doing.

"Takeia applied for Laundry Supervisor and she got the job," McGregor explained. "But Jahkeem and Serinity both applied for Lead Housekeeper."

After weighing the options, the job went to Serinity. "Unfortunately for my son, his baby sister was more qualified, so she got the job," McGregor said. "Little Serinity could start right away and Jahkeem needed a three-day break before he could start and he wanted a higher pay, so I hired the six-year-old instead of the 13-year-old."

As a consummate professional, McGregor sent her son a very formal rejection letter, "Signed Mom (the manager)."

this mom means business

Once she had her staff lined up, McGregor provided welcome packets, including badges and terms and conditions forms (which prohibit phones and electronic devices when on the clock).

McGregor has been getting tons of praise from people for teaching her kids the value of hard work and setting them up for success. She's even created a Facebook page called This Mom Means Business Inc. to stay in touch with her new fans.

"It's a new world for a country girl like me but it's so much fun!" McGregor said.

And for more great stories about tough love, check out this Mom's Hilarious Response to Teenage Daughter Who Can't Handle Robot Baby.

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Diana Bruk
Diana is a senior editor who writes about sex and relationships, modern dating trends, and health and wellness. Read more
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