Someone told me that FALL was here, but then I went outside and I realized they were TOTALLY lying!! But instead of slumping in my chair and getting more mopey…I made a decision…
FALL GIVEAWAYS START NOW!!!
I’m going to share some of my “favorite” things with YOU this Fall and it starts TODAY. This giveaway is for those of us parent’s who are sick of hearing themselves speak like a broken record all.day.long…and who want to pass the “responsibility” over to their children for their daily routines.
My kids are good kids, but being a bit of a perfectionist…I kind of like things to go just.like.I.have.planned…I want homework done and papers signed and lunches made BEFORE 5 minutes AFTER we are supposed to leave for school. And I got kind of tired of feeling like I was a broken record reminding and asking xTHREE kids usually asking a few times per kid…it sure made our mornings and bedtimes feel like I was always nagging and I wanted it to be more “happy”.
After trying a few different “systems” and not sticking to it, here’s my NEW plan I put together for my school aged boys. (Excuse the photos of this dark hall with NO natural light…they are a bit funky)
These Responsibility Charts are Dry Erase Boards!! I’ve pre printed some of their repetitive daily tasks on the list and kept a few open lines for things I might need to fill in. Their Chores aren’t listed here since they vary based on household needs so I write those on our family board in the afternoon.
1 – 12×18 Customized Responsibility Board. Board is Dry Erase and comes with dry erase marker, adhesive and magnet to attach to magnet board or wall. Design will be the same color/style but with YOUR photo and text.
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GIVEAWAY CLOSES in one week, Monday, October 7th @ Midnight.
Want to know more about how we use our Responsibility System? Read below…
They get one point for every task and 20 points = $1…easy peasy. Right now they have about 15 or so daily responsibilities. So I give them 5 behavior points at the start of each day. Bad behavior, fighting, yelling, not listening etc. loses 1 behavior point per occurence. They also have to do these tasks on the list without constant nagging in order to earn the point. So if said child is asked THREE times to do their backpack or brush their teeth, they still have to do it, but they don’t get the point credit. I used to feel REALLY passionate about NOT paying kids for things they should just do for being in our family but I’m turning a new leaf on that idea after adopting some ideas from the book The Entitlement Trap. I’m not perfect in the system yet, but now there is no “allowance” in our house…you do work/behavior expected and you get paid. If you don’t meet the goals then you don’t earn the money to buy things you want…and we really try not to buy a lot of their “wants”. One of my greatest life desires is that my kids will grow up “RESPONSIBLE” with money and in work and I feel they need to start YOUNG at trial and error with real money so they can learn how to MANAGE money… This has proven to be a good tool for our kids as they work hard to save for things and then we let them SPEND so they have the feeling of accomplishment when they earn and spend on something they really wanted. They each are required to save and donate some of their money as well. 10% goes to tithing @ church and at least 20% to savings. Most the time though, I find they rarely spend too much as they are saving for BIGGER things. Can I say how much I loooooooove that? Bikes, IPODS etc are their goals and things I would normally have to buy for them but I LOVE that they “GET” work and they “GET” money and THEY ARE WORKING/EARNING/SAVING for things they value and want. It’s super exciting that at only 7 and 10 years old they understand a little tiny bit of how the world works…you have to EARN your keep. I think the reason they are good at saving has to do with the fact that I don’t give them cash…I’ll have to share the system of HOW we pay soon…I feel like cash just burns a hole in their pocket..and gets lost…and the whole “he took my dollar” stuff too!! Our new “no cash” system has been SO MUCH MORE SUCCESSFUL!!
There you have it…comment away for your chance to win. And if you don’t win and still want one, I can make a customized version for your child for $40.