Without an allowance system and not wanting to institute a nagging system in our house, the need arose for us to have some kind of motivational system for the kids to get them involved in helping out with chores. The goal was to not just have them help out around the house, but to do it with a positive attitude.
I’ve been using this system for about four months and it has not lost its effectiveness in all that time. The first couple of weeks was a rough start working through some occasional grumpiness, but it slowly turned into “Can I take out the trash for you?” and “What can I help you with, Mommy?” Wow, really?! Yeah!
I got the idea online from another mom blogger, but tweaked it a bit to fit our family. Introducing, Mom’s Store!
I first made a chore list of sorts so they could see the things that they were tasked with: making their beds, taking out the trash, sweeping, folding and putting away laundry, cleaning their room…
And for each thing that they do, they receive a coin at the end of the day which they put in their coin boxes. This is my bank box. (I got these gold coins from Amazon for about $5.) Some nights they’ll have earned 5 and other nights maybe only 1. It just depends on the day with how much they do and if it’s not up to “mom’s standards” or if they are grumpy or complain while doing it, they don’t get the coin.
Dad also gets a turn to add to the pot. Bonus coins! Through the week, we read Bible stories from the Arch Books series. Once a week, they bring a couple of books to dad and he goes through asking them questions about what they learned. If they get dad’s challenge questions right, they get two bonus coins each.
Once a week, on Sunday night, Mommy’s Store opens! All the items are marked with a different colored sticker relating to their value. So pink stickers are one coin, orange are two coins, yellow is five coins, green is ten coins, blue is fifteen coins and purple is twenty coins. There’re always drinks, crackers, and fruit snacks and toys like balloons, crafty tape, stickers, bubbles, cool pencils and sticky note pads. Things that they can use and doesn’t start collecting in their toy bin.
It’s amazing what this system has done for keeping this house clean and for good attitudes that follow!