When the kids were little we did have them "work", made them clean up their own messes, play clean up (and sing the song!) As they've gotten older, it's been more and more difficult to get them to take more responsibility around the house.
My good friend Amy introduced me to the poker chip system several years ago. I thought that would never work for MY kids. Then 3 years ago William's mom kept the kids while we vacationed in Kauai. She had them work on a point system to earn rewards, and it worked. We tried various systems that each failed.
Our version of the poker chip system is working very well. It combines the concepts of teaching responsibility as well as taking the burden off of me to keep the house for 5 people.
The first week was the best, they were literally fighting over who got to do what jobs. The week right before vacation was great too, as it was their "last chance" to earn chips before we left (they wanted to "cash in" so they had spending money!).
We recently updated each of their "just because" (personal chore) charts. I included a pic representing their Chinese birth-year info (they both really are into Chinese culture, decor and such) as well as a scripture that I wanted each of them to see each day.
We print these out in color on nice paper, then tuck them inside of sheet protectors. That way we can use a dry-erase marker to keep it updated and keep track of their earnings. Oh - speaking of earnings, attitude is important:
I've printed the Duggar's Operational Definitions of Character Qualities and hope to integrate that into our coin system soon!
If you'd like to use my files as a start for your home, please send me an e-mail and I'll send them to you. Please specify wheather you need Adobe (.pdf) or PowerPoint (.ppt) files. If you use my files and or pics, please post a link back here and leave me a comment - I'd love to visit your blog and see how this is working in your family!
I'd love to hear how you do "chores" and "allowance" at your house too! ~*~*~*~
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I like it! I'm going to bookmark this for the future. 4 and 2 seems a little too little just yet, but it does amaze me how much a 4 year old can do! I do need to get more organized in training and encouraging though, so I'll really think on what you have here. Way to go, Mama!ReplyDelete