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Some parents sit down with their children to discuss the importance of responsibilities, and they simply assign chores. Other parents offer their kids an allowance for complying with their chore duties. And then there are parents like Shaketha Marion McGregor, a Georgia-based mother and newly hired correctional officer, who launched a company within her home, This Mom Means Business, Inc.; she's went ahead and hired her three children for specific roles around the house.

McGregor took to Facebook to share how she's gone about hiring her children, ages six, 10 and 13, for positions including laundry supervisor, lead housekeeper and kitchen manager. 

"So, my children continue to ask for a new cell phone, an allowance and to go places," she writes. "Yesterday I told them that I've heard their requests and that I'll have a surprise for them today when they get home from school. SURPRISE!!! It's a whole hiring event! ? If you want it, work for it, earn it! And yes, I also have an in-home credit union lol #ThisMomMeansBusiness #IWonderWhoWillGetFiredFirst"

McGregor went so far as to hang flyers in her open detailing the job openings and held interviews with her children. One flyer reads: "Interviews will be held Tuesday, August 13, 2019, 5:00 pm (Mom's room)."
She even created a "credit union" for her children,  with an advertisement that reads: "Mom's Credit Union! Good credit? Bad credit? Need to build credit? Let Mom start you off with a line of credit to help build your allowance as well as character! Making on-time contributions around the house can pay off big time! Don't wait! Ask mom how today!"


Meanwhile, the job applications asked common questions such desired pay rate and available start date.

Each of her children successfully applied. Though there was some stiff competition for the housekeeper role, some of the kids were more qualified than others. And her oldest child, Jahkeen, whose application for the housekeeper role was turned down, received a formal rejection letter. 


"We are sorry to inform you that the position you recently applied for has already been filled," the letter reads. "However, we still have the Kitchen Manager position available and we are willing to negotiate a higher pay if you are willing to accept. If you wish to decline our offer, we truly understand and wish you the best of luck with your future endeavors."

In the end, Jahkeen is now the kitchen manager, while McGregor's daughter, Takeia, landed the role of the laundry supervisor and her youngest child, Serinity, seized the coveted housekeeper position.

To little surprise, other parents on Facebook are totally supportive of McGregor's innovative method of teaching her children to assume responsibilities and take on chores.

At the time of writing this, the now-viral post has garnered more than 210,000 likes, more than 34,000 comments and more than 128,000 shares. Moms everywhere are chiming in to thank McGregor for her idea.

"Brilliant idea! Building values that will last forever," one user commented.

Some felt inspired by the post.

"I want to apply!" one Facebooker said. "Hahaha this seems so fun. ? I am totally doing this in a few years with my kiddos!"

Others shared their similar tactics.

"I am doing that with my daughter, and it works for us," one user added. "She's now learning that money doesn't fall from the tree! ??"

And some even added what else could make for a good position.

"Good job!!! It’s the way it should be," one Facebooker commented. "Helping get dinner on the table and cleaned up is a good job, too! So us moms don’t have dinner time stress and we eat well and relax at the table! Your kids will thank you one day."

This momager is certainly taking an untraditional route with her children, but it seems to be working for her family and teaching her children the lessons she wants them to learn!

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AnnaMarie Houlis is a feminist, a freelance journalist and an adventure aficionado with an affinity for impulsive solo travel. She spends her days writing about women’s empowerment from around the world. You can follow her work on her blog, HerReport.org, and follow her journeys on Instagram @her_report, Twitter @herreportand Facebook.

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