Monday, February 08, 2010
So, in another crazy attempt to get my kids on board in helping out around the house, I concocted another hairbrained plan. Once I tried to give them a dollar a day if they stuck to a list of chores. Once I decided to give them a set amount of money per week that they could use as they wished for all our activities we would do (movies, books, ice cream treats, outtings, etc.). This time, it's something new. It's Day One on this new financial incentive plan.
It's called MONEY RULES, and here's how it works. We googled "Dollar Bill Images" and photocopied (apparently illegally, but not full-sized, double-sided) dollar bill images. Then we cut out a bunch of them to use as our weekly money ... (Well, I'll just copy and paste the instruction sheet Diva and I made up for everyone):
Each Monday each kid starts with 10 singles. Weekends are exempt to money but not to helping being a team member of this family! You can lose a dollar but cannot gain dollars back. Once it’s gone for the week, it’s gone. In the beginning, as we learn the program, I will give you one warning. If there’s something that needs to be put away, I’ll tell you once to put it away. If it’s still there, a dollar is gone. End of the week, you get to turn in the "fake" money that you have left and get real money.
Lunchboxes brought to me, icepacks put away.
Cups in sink, rinsed out.
Breakfast plates cleared, lunch, dinner cleared.
Towels hung, soap placed on soap holder in shower. Washcloth rung out and hung on shower door or over faucet.
Clothes put in dirty basket when dirty or folded and put back in drawers when not.
Any fights/arguments/tears/ automatic dollar taken, no giving back.
Help with laundry when asked.
Help with garbage/recycling when told.
Brushing teeth/peeing in a.m. and at bedtime without being told.
Backpacks in laundry room.
Coats/shoes in laundry room or garage.
No talk back or freshness to me.
Trying to what you are supposed to eat without drama (specific to Diva).
Clean up room when told.
Going to bed when told.
Keep personal belongings in your room and out of the family room (itouch, phones, toys, etc).
No nudity around the house.
Thank you! Management
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I don't know. I give it three days. Four tops before they say, "Screw it mom, keep your effing money."