Friday, October 10, 2008

Finished! (and a giveaway!)

I have had a few too many unfinished projects on my plate lately, and decided to clean this one up. I got this idea from Lisa, and love it. This was started when Bella started school, and today I spent a total of about an hour, and finished the whole thing up.
It's a "YES" chart for the kids. It's set up like a game board, and the kids each have a "game piece". When I ask them to do something, and they respond "yes", complete the task without being reminded 500 times, and I don't have to raise my voice, they get to move 1 square. Their game piece starts in the "backyard", moves to the amusement park, the farm, the beach, on a pirate ship, and eventually to a castle. There are prizes along the way. I put 3 different kinds of stickers on squares. When they reach that particular sticker they get a prize. The girls decided what their prizes would be for each thing, and we can change it the next time around the board (I wrote on it with a wet erase marker).They are excited to do it, and I'm excited for it to work. I'm sure I'll be implementing a new motivation plan before too long, because we all know they have to be rotated.

I have decided to have a giveaway and give 1 lucky winner their very own "YES" chart. All you have to do is leave a comment on THIS post, telling me one motivation that works well for your children. Only one entry per person. The contest will end at midnight on Saturday, October 18.

34 comments:

Jane said...

It turned out so cute! Do you think 2 year olds can be trained on it?

scollier said...

I would love one to rotate. I just started a ticket system with my girls. I made a chart for each of them that has their daily tasks. I also made another chart that has extra rewards and consequences. The girls helped me decided the good behaviors and the naughty behaviors. Each has a # of tickets earned or lost. Then we made a poster of things they would like to do. Each of these has a ticket amount that they can essentially buy with their tickets (rent a movie, a new toy, go to the park...). Hopefully it will work. Fingers crossed so far so good though.

Diana said...

have I told you lately that you ROCK!! What motivates my kids? Money....no just kidding...I will make it a race or competition, it makes it fun for them. Because I have older kids I tried something new yesterday, I made a list and they initialed by what they would do and then did it came back and picked two more. It worked well, also we took a "play break" of an hour or so to break up the stuff we had to do. I have also done let's see what we can clean up in 20 minutes setting a timer.

Stacia said...

What a great idea! My children love to play on the computer. But they have to earn it. Reminding them of what they could loose usually does the trick.

Katie said...

LOVE this giveaway!!

We have a digital kitchen timer that motivates Jolie like magic. She'll have to clean toys for 10 minutes, play by herself for 45 minutes, finish her computer time in 10 minutes...She's pretty willing to do anything, as long as she knows there's a predetermined end in sight.

Alison said...

What a darling chart...

One thing that I have started, maybe within the last year or so, is that I place a value on my time. I mostly use this when a kid forgets their lunch at home and I need to bring it to the school, or they forgot their talk for Primary and I have to run home and get it, etc. I 'charge' the kids for my time and I round up to the nearest hour. So, if it takes me 10 min. roundtrip to run home or to the school or to the store (or whatever), I charge the kids one hour. With this one hour I get them for however I want them. Sometimes, I'll assign an hour of chores, but my favorite is assigning them an hour of talking to me. (I have many different options for how I spend that hour.)They have to be active participants in the conversation, the topic is of my choice, and I get their undivided attention. The talks end up being very fun for both me and the child... but I do add some 'boring' things in to the mix (like an article I read in a recent magazine or a recipe that I found that I want to try) so that they will remember to be respectful of my time. Hope that rambling made some sense!

Maryann said...

So cute!! Sadly, the only thing that motivates my son is sugar and a sip of my diet coke. Oh, and a tuba.

Basically, bribery is my only friend.

Daily Jot & Tittle said...

Your yes chart is darling...much more creative and fun than mine..hope it works for you!

Jennie said...

What a fun chart! You are quite the organizer. So sorry about all the snow. I got to turn off the AC down here for all of 4 days before it went back on. It is high 80s outside...

To motivate my kids, I just use what they each like -- like playing with friends for Eden, computer time for Josh, and anything sweet to eat for Teya. If they do what I ask them (practice piano, clean room, put away clean clothes, etc.) they can have their reward.

Natalie said...

this is a great idea! we have a marble jar system with the prize for filling it up sitting right there to be eyed but not touched! i think this chart would work even better!

Mandy said...

Oh, this is genius! My older two would really go for this, I think!! As far as my 20 month old, any improvement over "NO, NO, NO!" (her favorite words) would be appreciated.:)

Emma said...

Would it work for 3 year old twin boys? I am trying to teach them any word other than !NO! Along with their 6 year older sister who thinks she can do anything because the "twins" did it. So cute.

The Bailey Crew said...

What a great idea! I feel like I've tried everything under the sun, but I haven't ever heard of anything like this before - good job! Something that motivates my kids right now is the House Fairy (www.housefairy.org) in getting their rooms clean and using manners, etc. Even though the older one knows that she isn't real it is fun pretending and they love it when they wake up or come home and there is a special surprise waiting for them with fairy dust.

bow mom said...

Oh I love iT I love it. I see calmness in my future. ME ME pick me!

Cyndi Barker said...

In our home the goal is to teach time management and hopefully they can be self-sufficient in the end. We try to achieve "free time" each day, They each know what is expected and as they get each chore or homeschool assignment done, they are one step closer to their own "free time". Also more of mom and dad time.

I love your chart! A great visual to show that good choices have fun consequences, not just screaming meanie mommy makes me do my chores- we have all been there! It just doesn't work.

Cin said...

This is a very ingenious idea! I love it! We've been trying everything with my 4 year old.

Jen said...

Oh my goodness! I love this!! What a creative idea! I hope that I'm the lucky winner- could sure use this with my 4 and 6 year olds!!

Jen @ Creative and Curious Kids!!
http://raisingcreativeandcuriouskids.blogspot.com

Dawn Alice Rogers said...

Great idea! You yes chart looks so fun! Right now my 2 girls ages 2 and 4, get pennies for their piggy banks when they have really good behavior.
:)

the-watermelon-tree said...

I don't have children, I have a niece and 2 nephews but what motivates them is money. Their mom and dad have 3 individual buckets and when they do something good they put a quarter in the bucket and if they do something they shouldn't they have some money taken away. I Would love to give her this Yes Chart!!

shauna said...

With my kids I say "can you do it before I count to ____?" They give me a number and then I count while they try to get the task done before I get to that number. I tried to do something like this last year but the details just weren't working out right. I love how you did it. Would love to win it...

BTW - found you through tip junkie. Thanks for the giveaway.

shaunasalmon (at) gmail.com

our2angels said...

We love to use the timer to motivate our kids to get chores done without having to nag them.
Thanks for the chance to win, love your chart!

Blessings
Sue
marklovessue@numail.org

The Crogans' said...

We have tried lots of different things with our girls - the House Fairy is pretty cool. She comes in the middle of the night kind of like the tooth fairy and if their chores are done - she leaves a special prize along with some fairy dust. The one thing I've noticed is they need it mixed up a little - I'm always looking for something new to keep them motivated!

Anonymous said...

On Sunday night we have an "Awards show" where they receive an award for something good that I caught them doing that week. They take turns standing up on a chair/stool in the front of the room and I explain to everyone what the award is for. Mom and Dad get one too, and sometimes we have a special treat at the end. I have kids ranging from 2 to 10 and they all love it.
I really love the game board award system.
Erynn N.

The Johnson's said...

I think that is the CUTEST thing I have seen in a LONG TIME!!! I LOVE IT!!

We try making the jobs fun--like with cleaning we'll write out a ton of numbers (each on their own piece of paper)& then as fast as we can we draw one & put away that many things. We also do this with colors--write them out, draw & you have to put away everything with that color. We like to beat the clock or timer too!

For the rest of the people that don't win, I'd LOVE to see a full list of instructions on how you made this--or do you sell them?!? I'd love to buy one, too!

Christina said...

Right now I'm using magnetic boards with their chores on them. Once the chores are done each day whatever they want to do is a "yes" (obviously within reason). The chores are adorable icons & they LOVE them, but it's starting to get old.

I also use stars for bedtime. Once the chart is full of stars they get to buy a bedtime book. Now that's a win-win situation:)

KayLynn said...

Love the Chart!
I use a private date with mom or dad as an incentive. It works great because who doesn't want to spend time with mom or dad one on one.

Kirstan said...

That chart is a great idea! We tried a chart once where the kids would get point for doing things and we would assign prizes to those points. That worked for a while, but what they really wanted was mommy time. So, now what motivates them is getting to take turns coming with mommy to the store, or shopping, or something of that realm. I never take my kids with me to grocery shop so that is a huge motivator for them.

mommyoffour said...

what a fantastic & fun idea!

The one thing that my girls love to do is draw their "chore" out of a bowl! They love it! I also break a big job down into little jobs, that doesn't seem as overwhelming to them. So instead of telling them to clean their room, I break it down to clean dresser, clean floor, make bed, etc. They love it this way!

Thanks for the fun giveaway!

leslie

penny said...

I NEED this. WOW.

Joye said...

I would love that have that! Toys or candy for my kids....lol.

Dover Fam said...

Such a great idea. I don't let my kids play the computer Monday through Thursday because homework won't get done. So, if they are giving me trouble during the week I can take away computer/video game time during the week. So, that would be the motivation that works for my kids!
dover381@yahoo.com

Halo Hill said...

What an awesome idea! So very cute! I hope I win!

Sheila

Mindy said...

I would love this! My kids respond well to races and competition.
Mindy

Olmos Family said...

reverse psychology works great...is that horrible of me?? lol
rachellelaree@msn.com