Each boy starts the month off with 1 quarter for each day of the month. January has 31 days, so they received 31 quarters. I poke my head in their rooms daily to see if they made their beds. If they did they keep their quarter, if not, they bring one to me. (it’s much more painful to bring the quarter to mom)
If at the end of the month they’ve kept all their quarters, they can trade it in for approximately $7.00 extra in cash each month. Money talks for my kids, maybe your children would prefer points or pom poms.
We’ll refill quarters at the beginning of the next month and add a new task (probably the bathroom) in addition to making beds. Make sense?
I know it seems like I’m taking very simple steps, but if we have 12 new tasks done and implemented by the end of the year it could be genius!
What would be on your to-do list?
*** This idea was taken from Cleaning House by Kay Wills Wyma. She instituted a dollar plan, I’ve knocked it down to a quarter plan.