|Some of the mess I picked up this morning.|
So we've started a new Parent vs Child job/chore competition. Don't misunderstand me here. Everyone has always been expected to pitch in, but we need some new excitement and a better way. So, here it is. The kids have a job list and the parents have a chore chart. The girls each have an old jar for their marbles (A1 chose a spaghetti sauce jar - A2 a jelly jar). A1 is red and A2 is blue. A3 likes to pack and unpack things, but she is 14 months and not ready for the chore chart...yet. Husband and I share a mason jar. Mom is blue, and Dad is red. Every morning we get "Paid". At various times, I will shout, "Who wants to earn an extra marble?". Then if someone answers, I have a special job that is not listed on the list/chart. In the morning, after breakfast and morning jobs are done (or not done) we all get paid. We pay the kids, the kids pay us. On Saturdays we get to turn in our money for stuff like candy, chocolate milk, or various other treats. Mom and Dad work out our treats separately (whoever gets the most marbles during the week wins). ;)
I have to give credit to Jenny Komenda for the parent chore chart. Find her list and blog here - http://littlegreennotebook.blogspot.com/2012/03/my-cleaning-process-and-500-give-away.html
Click the "pieces" to make them bigger.
|The Kid Job List |
Morning and Evening jobs on top
Weekly jobs on bottom
The Princess Magnets really just make it special, right?
It seems like a lot of hassle. What are The results?
Here is what I have observed so far:
Kids who do stuff around the house and for the most part are happy about it. Kids that work together to get stuff done. Kids who problem solve - "You take this trash can, and I'll take this one. We both can carry this one cause it is heavy!" Kids who reinforce each other - "Great Job, A1". Kids who are polite - "A1, Will you help me, I can't reach". All this without much interference from us. I am certainly more motivated knowing I'll have to explain to them why I did not do my jobs around the house. Also, this morning when the girls noted that Daddy had more marbles than me, A1 said, "Don't you worry, Mommy. You can earn more. You don't have to be perfect, just keep working." That is true, baby. I'll keep telling myself that - just keep working.
Plus, there is waaaaay less fussing going on. That is the best. Ever.