Posts Tagged ‘chores’

Pocket money day

August 5, 2012

Hello again, remember me?  (Blush).  I did warn you that Olympic fever had gripped the UpsideBackwards household.  Well, over the last week I have rarely been in bed before midnight, and have got up in the small hours of the morning – and what’s more, tried (usually unsuccessfully) to entice the children to join me – to watch New Zealand compete and win medals in equestrian eventing, rowing, cycling, rowing, and more rowing.  This has had a deleterious effect on my blogging.  Oh well, it’s only once every four years, and we’re already about half-way through.

Today we decided it was time to take the kids to spend some of their pocket money again.  It has been longer than we had intended since the last time, so they had quite a bit to spend!

Babess had recently wished she had a pushchair for her dolls.  She used to have one – she got it for her 2nd birthday – but it wore out a while ago.  I suggested she could buy one for herself, and she was thrilled with the idea.  They’re not terribly expensive, and I quietly made sure there was enough in her money-box (it was about right anyway).

Fainjin had enough saved up for quite a big Lego set.  He chose the forest fire engine – what a surprise!  It comes with a water cannon and a tree with flames on it.  I’m not sure how many Lego fire engines we have now.  I find it comforting that the bricks spend half their time being rebuilt into spaceships and robots though.

Pearl agonised over her spend.  We had said they could buy one thing each, and if it didn’t use all their money the remainder was to go back into the money box for next time.  Eventually she chose a box set of Artemis Fowl books, greatly reduced and a real bargain.

We had a lovely peaceful afternoon as they all played happily and proudly with their new things.

We reminded them again that these are the rewards for doing their jobs when they’re asked – something they have been really good about lately.  Babess is the latest one to ask to vacuum the kitchen.  She takes about 10 minutes but does a very thorough job.  I might have to increase her pocket money rate…

© UpsideBackwards 2012.

More space is a good reward for cleaning up

January 18, 2011

I’ve drawn up a “job sheet” for Pearl, in an effort to keep things on track this year.  Now our kitchen is better-arranged, she can dry the dishes and put them away.  Homework is on the list (since it was forgotten for a whole term last year!), and putting her clothes away in her drawers.  When she’s done a whole week of jobs, she can choose a “reward” – extra reading time, a “big people” game night with me and The Dad, computer time, that sort of thing.

Putting her clothes away has been a bugbear, she tends to take her neatly-folded clean laundry and put it on her bed, then sleep on it, ending up with a huge nest of not-quite-clean clothes as well as all sorts of things spilling out of her divan drawers.

When she saw that on the list, she moaned.  “But I can’t put my clothes away, because I can’t shut my drawers!”

I gently pointed out that if her clothes are neatly folded and placed in the drawers, it’s no problem to close them.  Today I helped her sort them out.  Part of that of course was setting aside the clothes that are too small.  One skirt was wept over – a pink one that she got for her fourth birthday and is now too short even to be worn over bike shorts (as well as being four years old, well-loved and getting a bit tatty).  Several tops and jackets were deemed too small despite her attempts to convince me that sleeves coming half-way between elbow and wrist are perfectly fine.

Finally, we were done.  A medium-sized bag of cast-offs awaits delivery to a good home.  A smaller bag of completely worn-out clothes has gone for rags.  All her drawers are neat and tidy, and closed.

“Wow!  I’ve got heaps of room now!” she was surprised at the difference.

Just the point I was trying to make.

© UpsideBackwards 2011.

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