Thursday, February 19, 2009

"Enough is enough!" says Cinderella as she throws down her broom and turns in her resignation papers!!!

Yep, that is pretty much how it went down here in the land of Fiddlesticks. I thought that when Prince charming swept me off my feet my days of slavery were over! No one told me about the fine print at the bottom of the marriage certificate that I signed all those years ago, that said "some day you will allow some of the seven dwarfs (well four in my case) into my home and raise them as my own...provide them with love, food and shelter and in return they will love you forever BUT they will be complete pigs and when asked to help out around the house they will give you attitude, scream at you and tell you what a horrible mother you are."
Did anyone else read this fine print, or were you just as shocked as I was???
It is true that these little 'dwarfs' can bring so much love and joy into my life, but does the mess have to be part of the package? For real, my dwelling looks so WT right now and I am done with it! So like the title says, I threw down my broom and said ENOUGH!
I am sharing this plan with you because if you are Cinderella in your kingdom maybe it will work for you.
I created a chore chart! Some of you are thinking "well duh, Cinderella, you should have done this years ago!" to which I reply, we have tried to come up with a system in the past, but just can't seem to get it to work.
I made a 'weekly' chart circle that we will rotate each child...I mean dwarf, through. Then I made a chart that listed every daily task that I could think of that the munchkins fight us on doing IE...brush teeth, getting dressed, making bed, taking a shower, reading scriptures. Each day they will get a pink or a black check for each task completed. The color of the check depends on how they completed it, if they complained, argued, or just didn't do it when asked then they get a black check. If they do it like the angels I know they are, then they get a pink. At the end of the week we total the checks...for every pink check they get 2 cents, for every black check they get 2 cents deducted. They have the possibility to make $2.50 a week, which they must then pay their tithing and put 10 percent into savings. Now since they will be making money each week, they will start paying for things like treats at the store, or going to the dollar store etc.
I must say that so far, it seems to be working, granted we have only been doing it since my fingers are crossed!

This is the weekly job circle chart, each week I will rotate their name around the circle.

This is Ana's chart...she has a hard time with doing things without complaining...hence the black checks. sigh.


Super Angie said...

WAY TO GO Cinderella! I hope the munchkins realize how lucky they are to live in a kingdom without the wicked witch and stop living like the messiest of the 3 little pigs.

Momza said...

Good for you Mom, er I mean Cinderella!

Chelsea said...

Sounds like a good plan. Stick to it! :)

BreAnn said...


Kirstin and Brett's Family said...

We've been wanting to do this for lets say..... all year!! Way to go!! But, where do you hang it? You know me.. If it's where people can see it.. I'm just not sure! Let me know how you handle those situations! Maybe closet would work for me (HA HA HA)

Tara said...

Love the charts!! Rewards work great! It has really helped Will. Although we haven't even started working on the helping out at home thing, we just need him to obey at school first, then we'll work on home. One thing at a time.
Keep up the good work.

Donna said...

I think I need to copy this one! We did a chart for awhile but I got lazy and didn't stick with it. Its time to get back to it.