I was sure I had written about the children’s tick sheets before, but I can’t find the post. Bear with me if you have read some of this before!
Last year we started a job sheet for Pearl – she has to do a certain number of her jobs (homework, clean the bathroom basin, dishes, tidy her room, etc) each week in return for a reward. That might be pocket money, or it might be some other reward like extra reading time or a Latin lesson or game of Monopoly (note to self – get Pearl excited about Scrabble).
This year we decided that Fainjin should have a job sheet too. His jobs are smaller, but he has to do the same number each week for a reward. For his ticks, he has to set the table, help put the dishes away, read us a book, and so on.
Babess saw all this going on and demanded to have jobs too. It took me a little while to think of jobs that a three-year-old can do, but we decided on things like putting her dirty clothes in the laundry each night, getting dressed by herself, and putting her dishes on the bench after dinner.
All the children’s jobs are agreed with them beforehand.
The tick sheets have worked brilliantly! Pearl has missed out on pocket money twice – having made a conscious decision to not do her jobs and take that consquence – but the other two have done all their jobs all the time since we started. They have each had a savings goal: Fainjin wants Lego, Pearl wants books, and Babess would like a pony. I think she means “My Little Pony”. I hope so. Their pocket money was set at a level where they could buy themselves something after about 5 weeks.
So today was deemed “spend the pocket money” day. Fainjin was thrilled to be able to choose and buy his own “Ninjago” Lego set. Babess couldn’t afford a pony after all, but bought herself a little fairy doll which comes with a change of clothes and shoes. Pearl agonised over several books before choosing one in a series she knows she likes.
They were all pleased with themselves and proud of their efforts – and so were we.
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