get your Chore on / by Carey

Can I just say -- I LOVE being creative.  It energizes me.  It pumps me up.  It makes me happy!  And every time I get to do it, I'm surprised at the intensity of all these feelings!

I have waited nine months to use this idea!!!  Last April I read this post on The Creative Mama about a take on the chore chart idea for toddlers and preschoolers.  Get Your Chore On!  I just loved it (and the title!).  At the time, we weren't to this point in our family and I filed the idea away for later use.  Getting Nathan involved in household duties recently came up and I remembered the awesome idea!  Plus, we are wanting to start to incorporate the idea of money and earning money somehow into Nathan's life.  Target is his favorite place in the whole wide world... because they have toys there.  Particularly, airplanes.  I'd like for him to be able to earn some money and learn how to use it to get some of these things he so desperately wants.  (since we don't have that many airplanes in this house already... cough cough)

Also, just using stickers on a chart alone doesn't seem to motivate Nathan.  He is a boy... That seemed to do nothing during potty training.  Something physical, tangible as a reward worked much better.  That is part of why I like this idea.  I'll explain more after I show you!

Here is my take.  I am so utterly beyond pleased with how they turned out!

Here's how it will work, for us. 

I am going to get each of these prints hard-laminated (like your drivers license) and put an adhesive magnet strip on the back.  (Originally, I wanted to have each mounted on styrene, but that would be around $5 each and that is ridiculous for this project).  Each morning we'll put that day's tasks on the side of our fridge.  As he completes his responsibilities, he gets to take the card down and put it in the 'all-done-basket'.  At the end of the day, if he has finished all of his tasks, he gets to put a sticker on our chart.  Once he earns 'x' stickers, he'll get 'y' dollars.  The 'x' and 'y' will change as he figures out how this works, etc.  

So, for my just-plain-stickers non-motivated child, here is why I like this approach.  He can see the task he is responsible for.  There is an aspect of independence and self discipline here, because he can choose what to work on in his own timing (that's the goal anyway).  When he completes the task, he gets to physically take the card to the tangible all done basket.  All these pieces together I think will work very well for this child.  

I can not WAIT to get started.  This was so much fun.  I just love getting to mesh my creative side with my career as a mom!