Friday, May 18, 2012

Sharing What's Working For Us

I'm constantly looking for ways to make working easier, more fun, more interesting, etc for my kids.  And while I'm at it can we throw in something where they seem more willing and actually do a decent job and maybe perhaps see some consistent cleanliness is certain areas?  I hate to sound like an infomercial testimonial, but I found something that works!!

The funny thing is it's so simple it's almost dumb.  I can't even take credit for the idea.  Some wise grandmother suggested it to me about 2 months ago and I cannot believe how it's changed my life at home.

Here it is:

See?  Simplicity.  Each kid has responsibility for his/her room and one other area in the house (which rotates on a weekly basis).  If they do the job, they get a plus.  If they don't do it (or have a bad attitude, are sloppy, etc), they get a minus.  If they practice the piano for the allotted amount of time, they get a "B" for bonus.  They can earn a certain amount each week based on their age. For every minus, I get to deduct 25 cents.

So far it's had a lot of benefits.  The kids are helping more.  They're happier (at least I think so).  I'm happier.  They're learning about saving, paying tithing and spending.  Things aren't perfect, but they're consistent.  (And consistently clean)

Monday, May 14, 2012


Turned 8 in April.
McKay was speechless when we took of the blindfold and saw his new, blue bike.  

became a Cub Scout

Ok.  I know this has nothing to do with Cub Scouts, but Sharks are cool  animals .  They only choose cool "boy" animals for scouts.  Plus sharks have sharp teeth and so do wolves which is what McKay is. It works.  Sort of. 

and was baptized.

2 kids down, 2 to go.

The boy is on cloud 9.  8 year olds are fun.  Not quite as whiny as 7 year olds.  Plus they're more helpful.