I do find myself sounding like a repeating record, have you brushed your teeth? Can you take out the rubbish? Can you get in the bath? Blah, blah, nag, nag, nag. So I decided to do some research into simplifying the process. I wanted something that would suit all ages of my children, rather than being targeted for my oldest or youngest. After days of surfing the web I fell upon the Accountable Kids system.
It is a basically picture card reminders of things they need to do throughout the day, broken down into morning, afternoon, evening segments. Everything is held on a little peg board. They go to the peg board and move their picture cards once they have completed the task. In return for this they get a ticket. Once they have done everything they NEED to do, they can then go about finding extra chores to do, which in return they will get money. If they complete the whole day, they then get a star on a card. Once the card is full, they get a special date. Each Sunday, we have a little meeting. They turn in their cards and I give them any money that is due. I decided to add little baggies onto the board, a place for them to keep their money. This part is especially transformational. Each time we are at the supermarket and they ask for a toy or candy, my reply is..........do you have enough money to buy it? Genius, I am no longer a bad Mummy for not buying them everything they want.
To be honest, to start with, I found the whole system rather confusing. It took quite a while to get the hang of it but once we got into the swing of things, I found it quite simple.
I have never seen my children so keen to do things that I have been nagging them to do. It totally took the stress out of the everyday. And they were even keen to do things that they never dreamt of doing before. e.g. Bringing in the rubbish bin, HELLO, this has never happened before.
I think the system is fabulous and would give it a 4 out of 5. Like most things, the novelty did ware off and I am having to be strict about enforcing it. But like any system, it will work if you make it work. If you need a system, I would definitely check out Accountable Kids.