Monday, May 23, 2011

'cheeky chores'

Sometimes in order to get the desired results you just have to mix it up a bit. 

Usually every Monday is work day (chore day) at our house. I am usually eye deep in laundery (because Monday is my laundry day) and picking up from the weekend, so it has become a family affair.  In order to get more done and lighten the whiney tones; I on occasion write a bunch of 'real chores' on pieces of paper and put them in a bowl, then I wite a bunch of 'cheeky chores' and put those into the bowl and mix it up.  The kids draw out a piece of paper and do what it says, throw away the piece and grab another.  They love the fun interuptions when they pull out a 'cheeky chore', coming and hugging Mom or stopping to get to eat a cookie, helps them keep going with good attitudes. :) Truth is I like a few 'cheeky chores' in my day too!
Usually I have a bowl for each girl but this past Monday I tried something new and put all the chores in one bowl and then used the blue bowl for paid chores.  When they were done with their regular chores if they wanted to earn money they could pick from the blue bowl and get paid for doing those chores.  If you are wondering, yes one of my girlies came back and picked a paid chore. I was proud of her.

Here are a few 'real chores' and a few 'cheeky chores'
This last Monday the kids came to me and asked if I
would do the 'bowl thing' this week for chores. :)
Here is another way I do it sometimes if I have a reason
for them getting things done in a certain order. they start with 1 and work their way down to 5.

I actually read this idea or something like it in a magazine years ago and I remembered it one 'dirty house, whiny kid' day and we have been doing chores this way on and off for over a year.
This is NOT a perfect solution and I try to do 'work day' on Mondays becasue I am usaully doing laundry or some other chore that can be easily interuppted if the kids need me (and usaully the younger ones do.) :)
"Cheeky Chore" ideas:
Pick a song (we always do 'work day' with music.)
Hug Mommy
Eat a small treat
Jump rope 10 times
Kiss/hug siblings
Call Daddy and say I love you (could be any relative)

Hope this is helpful. I would love to know if it is.
Please hit the 'helpful' reaction at the bottom if this brings any inspiration to you.:)
If you do something that has been succesful for chores I would love to know because
as my kids grow new and differnt ideas are helpful. ~
Happy Monday to you all. Thank you for following along, I love having you. ~becky


Dave Ferguson said...

What a brilliant idea!

AsylumTanya said...

I love these ideas. My son is old enough to benefit from this, and my daughter is nearly old enough. Thanks for sharing! I am your newest follower. I would love it if you came over to Greetings From the Asylum and followed me too!

Jill said...

Just brilliant! I'm definitely going to use this idea with my girls - always good to find a way to make the chores more fun!!

Thanks for linking to a Round Tuit!
Hope you have a great week!
Jill @ Creating my way to Success

Meg Nuño said...

AHHHHHH!!!!! I love it and am totally doing it for this summer! I need some extra fun cleaning ideas so this was perfect!!!!

KJG said...

Love this idea! I might have to create the same system for myself. :)

I saw this list of links to tutorials on skirts (so cute) and thought of you. I figured it didn't hurt to pass it along.

Leah said...

I love this idea. I wonder if it works on boyfriends too? :P

SewHappyGeek said...

Hey, just wanted to let you know I featured your link today!

Kara @ Mine for the Making said...

I LOVE this post. Visiting from delicateConstruction (also a great post, by the way). I LOVE that you make "work day" fun. The cheeky chores is an adorable idea to mix it up. I also love that you listen to music on "work day." I love cleaning or crafting or cooking...really music.

I am your newest follower! I would love for you to stop by my little bloggy corner sometime :)


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