“Please just let Mommy sleep until there’s a 7 on the clock.”
“Why don’t we get off the floor and stop crying about our shoes and put them on so we don’t miss the bus?”
“For the last time, dirty underwear belongs in the laundry room!”
And there have been threats. But, let’s face it, most of them have been empty. Right?
I hear you. I’M WITH YOU.
So we’re trying something new. Do I think it’s going to work? I haven’t got a clue. But it’s the start of a new school year and I’m always looking for new ways to motivate my kids. Bribery seems to work pretty well, despite those child psychologist naysayers who probably don’t have kids of their own anyway.
I stole this concept from my neighbour after I saw her wandering around this summer with a roll of coat-check tickets in her pocket. She handed them out to her kids for good behaviour and chores. But since I don’t care to wander around with tickets in my pocket, I decided to get a bit crafty. (This is unusual, so I’d like a heap of applause right about now.)
The cost? About $4. Everything is from the dollar store: foam-core board, clothespins, tickets and super-glue. We spent about 20 minutes deciding on the various “chores” and related rewards together as a family, and it took me less than an hour to bring it to life.
The only question now is…where the hell am I gonna hang this thing?