My first experiences with money were at my sister Georgia’s house. She watched me during the day along with her 4 kids, and we could all earn money for doing chores. The harder the chore, the more money… but the most you were gonna make was a dime. I was the only one disgruntled about the pay rates… I would push the vacuum resentfully, telling Georgia, “When I’m in the White House, I’m gonna hire you to vacuum and pay you a dime. Still, we were busy little bees and then we’d take our dollar or 75 cents to the store and live it up. And that was tremendously satisfying. Even if I just bought a piece of posterboard to decorate, I bought it with my chore money.
So I’m excited to think about starting my guys on some kind of money learning- I know they’ll enjoy it, too.
I started Toby on a
bribe reward system yesterday. The goal, since I am a good parent, is to stop him from doing things that annoy me. The effect, however, will be a better behaved child, regardless of my motivations. I made a chart, with 6 tasks- staying in his room until 8 am, staying seated during breakfast, lunch, and dinner, staying quiet during quiet time, and dressing himself. Then, at the end of the day, if he gets all 6 stars, he gets money. Like, a nickel or a penny or whatever I have around, and we put it in a jar. That’s the goal.
He is super motivated by reward, so he rocked it yesterday. Today, not so much. He wants to get it right, but he doesn’t remember in time and then he’s already gotten up or come in my room at 6 am or what have you. So here’s the quandary. I don’t want to start the day like, oh, you already broke #1 and so you won’t get all 6 stars no matter how good you are the rest of the day. On the other hand, I don’t want to be wishy washy and uncommitted
A couple ideas: he gets the reward for achieving 5 out of 6; or a graduated award system, (which sounds like too much work for me), or I remind him constantly… or what? Shoot me some ideas.