Thursday, August 10, 2006

And the winners are.......

*S'mores Cheesecake, my pick.
*S'mores Sandwich Cookies, Wise One's pick and a total hit with everyone.
*And in regular Rowdy One fashion he just wanted to make up his own. Basically it turned out to be S'mores Brownies.

It was a wonderful day. They enjoyed making their shopping list, doing the shopping, scanning their purchases and mixing them all up. At one point as Rowdy One stirred his brownie mix and it went from light brown dry ingredients to the dark brown wet ingredients he looked up with the biggest smile " I made brownies!" Why, yes, Rowdy One you did. Now we have to cook them.

We finished out our day by making up a chores list. We have struggled with how to divide chores in our house. The boys are close enough in age to do most of the same things. Here is what we are trying.

Base allowance is for daily stuff...make bed, pick up clothes, keep bathroom straight, etc. They lose money every time I have to remind them to do a chore on their daily stuff chore list. Twenty-five cents a pop!

Then they draw for chores like vacuum, clean toilets, clean bathroom sinks, scrub bathtub, sweep, clean kitchen sink, empty garbage cans etc. Each of these have an amount attached to them, some a quarter up to seventy-five cents. They get that amount added to the base allowance when they have completed the chore.

Luckily Wise One was born on an even day and Rowdy One was on an odd so we have used that to settle some things. They get to pick their seat in the van if it is there day and stuff like that. Well, we went a little further with chores. If it is their day and my laundry day then they help me with laundry. They also set and clear the table for meals, empty the dishwasher and take out the recycling. And one big point to them, if there is a dispute over a TV show they get to call the shots if it is their day!

All and all they did a wonderful job today. I worked hand in hand with them in showing them what I expected from their chores. We had an intense session on how to clean a toilet properly!

We were all in good spirits and they responded well to my instruction. They were proud of the house at the end of the day. They were proud of themselves! Next week they will be making menus and one day a week will be their meal, with them planning and making dinner. With my help of course!

I would love to hear how other manage chores and such!



lindiepindie said...

Sounds like you couldn't have asked for a better day! I'm sure it was draining for you, but you did a great job! boys are still too young to clean toilets, but I do make them take care of their own stuff - dirty laundry, toys, that kind of thing. When I was growing up, my parents paid us to do the toilets, and whoever wanted the money most would do it. It sounds like you have a good system going - and the boys were proud of their work, and taking ownership in their family - what a wonderful blessing!

beck said...

seems you have a good plan in the works. i'm sure it will work out great. i'm trying to get matilda to vacuum, but she's not quite there yet. can't say i blame her.