School has just let out. I breathe a sigh of relief and then wonder what we are going to do to stay structured; the house is always messier with the kids at home. I know it’s time to start a new chore system or else resurrect one of the old ones we’ve had, but I’m skeptical. After all, our chore systems are not known to last very long around here. Here’s a few of our most recent bombs:
The Ticket System: Kids are awarded tickets for doing chores, having a good attitude, and setting goals. The kids trade in tickets for prizes. This system worked well until we lost all the tickets and busted the frame. We heartily recommend this system for a more organized family.
The Clean Room System: The clean room system idea came from this great book. Thirty single dollar bills are placed in a jar for each child. Room inspection is done everyday. If the child passes room inspection, the jar is left alone. If he doesn’t, a dollar is taken out. At the end of the month, the child keeps the money in the jar. Unfortunately, our system’s “administrator” forgot to check the jars most of the time so the boys “estimated” how many times they cleaned their room. The administrator never refilled their jars and morale plummeted.
For a great speech on why you should make your bed every morning, click here. Note: The speech was given by a Navy Seal which might motivate your boys.
The Nickel System: Chores mean nickels and nickels mean the nickelcade. Ricky was on fire.
Before nickel system: Ricky, please sit on the piano. We’re are doing the G scale dear, the G scale, o-kay fine, just do the C scale. Where’s your left hand honey? No, not chords, scales. No, not arpeggios, scales. Honey, can you stay on the bench please?
After the nickel system: You nailed the G scale on the first time! Way to go, Idaho! Oh, yeah, here’s your nickel. No, one nickel is good, dear.
Ricky liked to jingle all of his newly earned nickels in his pocket. He also liked to put them in his mouth. I swear I didn’t know until he came up to me right before his bedtime.
“Mom, I think I swallowed a nickel.”
“No you didn’t.” Hey, it was my bedtime too.
“Yes, I did.” I told the captain the good news and asked him to call his doctor brother.
The captain got off the phone and said, “He says that if it were his son he would take him to the ER.”
“Well call another doctor then!” I said. Finally, we found a nurse that said that he could probably wait until tomorrow as long as he didn’t vomit, turn purple, or practice the piano:) Argh!!!
Today we are going to figure out a simple job system! I’ll let you know how it goes tomorrow.
What job systems have worked or not worked for you?