Ok I seriously spoke too soon on that last post and yesterday Emerson woke up sick. And she is not the kid you want to be sick. She’s like MAN SICK. Whiny, complainy, with all the dramatic noises and facial expressions. But I of course felt bad for her because I knew she was miserable and low and behold she even threw up a couple times. At least you know she’s not a faker.
Happily, though, after lunch she was all of a sudden feeling fine, which was great! We went outside to ride bikes and I was not feeling well. Luckily I was better after drinking lots, but then Brian got home and Brian got sick too. Today everyone seems ok so far, so fingers crossed. And toes.
What I really wanted to post about was the miracle that occurred. My boys, Easton and Brody, cleaned the litter boxes, poop scooped the yard, and cleaned not one, but TWO bathrooms this week!! Whaaaaaat???
Seriously, it’s amazing what you can get them to do when they are motivated. The boys are really into Minecraft, and they wanted to buy mods, so they asked how they could earn money. I came up with a short list of chores (especially the ones I hate doing) and a corresponding dollar amount. The two boys actually did really great work! And it certainly makes my job easier, so it’s SO worth the $6 they earned.
I asked Brian how he felt about allowance, so they could earn money for all of the things they want to buy, then we could teach them how to split their income into spending money, savings and donation money. But we talked about it and agreed that a “work for hire” job list is the way to go for us. So maybe we’ll revisit the allowance idea when they are older, but for now, this works. We don’t want to pay them for the chores that they are expected to do, only for the jobs that are over and above.
So I’m trolling Pinterest, looking for a way to add this system to my command center. I like the idea of using a clipboard, and velcroing little tickets with a job and a dollar amount on it. That way, I can switch out the jobs, so they can’t vacuum like every day.
I like this one I found at The Real Life Mom Blog. I’m thinking something simple like this would work, and not take up too much space! I’ll just use one clipboard for all available jobs. Now let’s see how long it takes me to purchase a clipboard and make the cards lol. I can’t leave these kids unattended for a second!!! (she says as one child knocks down the giant fort and all the kids start crying)