Wednesday, November 5, 2008

Johnson Family Routines

This is a very first attempt at job chart/chore motivation, but it has worked for us (when I am on top of it). Here goes:

Each kid has their "routine" in a page protector and posted on the wall. Right now, they each have before/after school responsibilities (except the baby). As they finish something on their routine, they can check it off with a dry erase marker. At the end of the day, they get a Johnson buck (redeemable for goodies--dollar store, treats, etc) for each job completed, and if they got them all they get 5 more for being thorough.

Like most of you have probably experienced, this only works as far as mom is on top of the situation--gently reminding, enthusing, etc.

I am sure most of us have tried this, so I am looking forward to input from all of you on what has worked for you and what hasn't.

INPUT SPECIFICALLY WANTED: What jobs do you give your children and at what ages? I constantly struggle figuring out specific age-appropriate chores for my kids that they can "own" without me swooping in a cleaning it up because it is so much easier to "just do it myself." I am in that rut, and I would love some help climbing out of it. Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated!

Melanie Johnson