How do you motivate your kids to work? To complete and learn basic house-hold tasks?
I've tried chore charts before. The problem (for me). They take thought, planning and follow-through to be effective.
Last summer we used one. I printed charts off at the beginning of every week. We were pretty consistent through most of the summer. They worked, but this summer they sounded like too much work.
So I did nothing, and my kids did very little extra work around the house (with our trip to China this summer I didn't push in this training department anyway).
But now we are home and its time to get busy!
Earlier this week a friend commented that she makes a list of jobs for her kids to complete every morning. As a listy-type of person this appealed to me. Compared to chore charts, lists are low maintenance and non-committal. If a day is extra busy, we drop the list. No problemo.
So far, so good. I make a list each morning. They complete it by lunch time. If they need extra motivation, there are no fun extracurriculars until the list is complete (or no snack/dessert item at lunch).
In an effort to keep "the list" fun, I'm trying to come up with a variety of jobs. The same-old-same-old will get old fast. Some jobs that have appeared so far are washing the door window, sweeping the front porch, emptying wastebaskets, working on math flashcards, writing and coloring activities, reading.
As sad as this sounds.. I am running out of jobs.
The list won't work without jobs.
So, what are so jobs your kids are responsible for completing? I need ideas.
Our list will thank you.
Our kids may not.