I cannot take credit for this idea, however, I would like to share it, and use it this summer to the fullest extent of the law this summer! Thanks D.M.!
As most of my regular readers know, I have three children – all 7 years apart. This little “strategy” is being implemented at my house to help the two youngest work on the virtue of patience (with one another) and generally treat each other in a more Christ-like manner. It will also help me keep the house more tidy. I will be less resentful, for feeling that I do “everything” around the house with little appreciation. It should be good all around!
Each morning the kids will draw a stick from the (Crystal Light recycled container.) Notice that the container is deep and opaque, so that the kids cannot see the chore written on the stick. Surprise!! That will be his/her chore for the day. I will allow them anytime until 3 p.m. to get it done, however, if a friend calls for a play date, he/she must do the chore before leaving the house.
Here’s the kicker! Anytime the two begin being unkind to the other, both kids have to pull another chore and perform it immediately. If the fighting subsides, there are no more chores for the day. If another war of words breaks out, a third chore is selected…
So far it has worked beautifully today – DAY 1. I actually, amazingly overheard them speaking kindly and making an effort to work things out during a disagreement, because neither wanted a second chore. Yeah!!!
I’ll keep you abreast of the progress! Hello SUMMER!