|blurry picture (sorry) but you can see the whole system; low enough the boys can reach|
We've been using this program for going on a month. Now, our boys are around the start-up age for this program. Squirt will be 3 next month, Moose will be 5. I really like how excited my boys are to finish their "chores" (right now their chores are things they already do: put clothes in hamper, get dressed, brush teeth/vitamins, and we added set the table). They like getting tickets (to be turned in for use on things like watching tv or going to the park). They don't like getting tickets taken away (for things like hitting, biting, being mean).
My only problem with the system is the tickets. Most children want to do things like go to the park, the library, watch tv, go swimming, do arts/crafts. My children like those things, too, but only ever ask to watch tv. Plus, we live right across the street from the park, so I didn't like charging them a ticket every time we walked across the street: that could be multiple times a day! So I don't charge them a ticket. Mostly our tickets are used for television and video games (that they watch me play or the Leap Pad). I think this will change as they get older and realize they can ask for those things (I think I've made schedules with those things on there for so long they don't really know they can ask to go there).
A few of my questions, too, are what to do when one kid wants to use a ticket to go to the park (or whatever) but you can't. What if they want to use it to go swimming but their brother doesn't have enough tickets to use? And what if I forget? My kids aren't going to remember on their own (yet), so do I not give them their ticket because I forgot? Do we have to give the kids money for bonus chores?
|I blurred out his name, but you can see the knot in Squirt's board. Not a big deal to us. I just used a stencil and paint to write their names on their boards. The site says to let the kids decorate their own boards but that doesn't interest my sons.|
There are a ton of chores on the chore cards to choose from: from taking out garbage or car care to doing homework or reading the Scriptures. I like that there are extra blank cards to personalize, too. I've thought of making Squirt some "treatment" cards so he can use them for his nebulizer treatments (maybe helping me to remember to give them to him!).
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