Jan 16, 2013

Responsibility chart.

Watch out folks!  A picture of our apartment is about to finally make it onto the blog!  Lately our living room is looking a lot like this...


... because of this...


... woohoo!  (His room looks the same by the way.)

I've been eyeing this responsibility chart (by Melissa & Doug) for a couple months.  Don't know why it took me so long to buy it?  It was $16 (closer to $20 now though).  

We've only had this for 3 days so we'll see if it sticks but so far I am in love.  Carson really seems to like getting all his magnets up each day (ASAP).  A little like crossing things off a list... wonder who he gets that from?  

For us, the top part of this chart is daily tasks.  These are things he is required to do and he will get an allowance for being a responsible member of the family.


The bottom part of the chart has a bunch of "extra" chores he can do (take out trash, empty dishwasher, help with laundry).  He can earn extra money by doing these things (without being asked and without complaining) but they aren't required.  They may be at some point (when he is older certainly) but for now he is a child and he should enjoy it.

There are also several magnets that say things like "sharing" and "not whining".  In our house these things are not rewarded because they are expected.  However, I am thinking of some kind of system where ice cream after school or a one-on-one date with mommy/daddy might be a fun treat for extra special behavior.

Here's hoping this sticks!!

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