It is really frustrating when you tell your children to do something and then you come back hours later and they haven’t done it. It is even more annoying and tiring when you have to shout and scream to get your kids to listen. What absolutely drives me crazy is when they continually whine and ‘report’ each other. If you’re like me and you find yourself getting exasperated by your kids, well, worry no more. This incredible mum came up with a solution that will mean your spending some money, but if it works will be SO worth it!
No Need to Raise Your Voice: How to Get Your Children to Listen…and Do
I reached my limit last week, my kids were out of control! I needed to do something fast and effective to get them to listen and follow directions. So I decided to invest about $80 into the solution. I purchased nearly 100 little toys for my son and daughter. I bought various items like My Little Pony characters, Mini Lego people, play necklaces, rings, washable tattoos, and mini-fire trucks. After compiling my cache of toys, I created a list of common chores that my kids are responsible for throughout the day. I also had them come up with two chores that they could add to the list. Together, we wrote, shared, and agreed to this contract:
Family Chore Contract
-First time listening (following an instruction 5 seconds after it was given)
-Talking like a big kid and not whining
-Doing what I am told without asking “why”
-Eating all my food for breakfast, lunch, and dinner without complaining
-Keeping the playroom clean and organized
-Keeping my room clean and organized
-Helping mom or dad when they need help
-Doing my homework
-Going to bed on time AND staying in my room
*All of these things will be checked off at the end of the day, if I can do all of this, then I will get to pick out ONE toy or item the following morning.
I agree to these terms:
Yes, my kids will get a toy everyday (we will stretch this out to a star system in the next two months, but for less than a $1 a day I get piece of mind and retain my sanity as a parent!
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