Part of working at Recharge is exploring subscriptions to get to know how our product works and get in some real life user experience. A form of eating your own dog food as they say,  Dog food you say, that gives me a great idea how to proceed. 

I have an 11-year-old daughter who is going on 19; she’s rocking the tween years with every ounce of her being, challenging boundaries and trying to keep us on our toes. My biggest concern now is the latest “advice” she gets from tiktok, like putting secret codes into your microwave to silence it, or videos suggesting she deserves a Starbucks drink because she hasn't been arrested or burned the house down yet.

Like most parents, I want to instill a sense of responsibility in my daughter. One way my wife and I choose to do that is through chores that have the potential to bring in some allowance when done properly. Now don’t get me started on the arduous task of determining how much each chore should be worth or which ones should be delegated, there are many variables to consider but we eventually decided on dog maintenance.

We have a French Bulldog named Petunia Gracie and an English Bulldog, Begonia Macie. My daughter loves them both to death, so I decided to exploit that emotion to teach a parental lesson. (From my point of view, this particular chore also holds her accountable to her promise to “do anything” when she convinced us to adopt dogs.) 

It’s important that I teach her that sometimes a job is more than just one action-- its owning the whole process. For example, it's not just about playing tug-of-war with the dogs, it's the cleaning, the walking, and the feeding too.  And by feeding I also mean watering and refilling both bowls before they're empty (can you tell I’ve said this a few times?). Refilling is the bare minimum, she must clean and rinse each bowl before refilling them, and clean the area around the bowls. I’m convinced the dogs make messes on purpose since they tend to watch while you clean them up, but I digress.