My boys are pretty good about picking up their toys when asked. Pierce puts away his own laundry, and the twins already know that dirty dishes go in the dishwasher. But I thought there was room for even more responsibility in our house, and I wanted to find a way to reward them for their help. I'm always on the lookout for toy sales and had a fairly good stash of items that I had picked up rather cheaply. I placed them in a Tupperware and told the boys I was opening a Mom Store. Then I bought a little index card notebook with 3 tabs - one for each boy's name.
Everyday, the boys have opportunities to receive sticker rewards under their name. Doing tasks like making their beds, helping their brothers, and cleaning up without my asking can earn stickers. This gives me the chance to award small positive behaviors at any time. Each sticker is worth 10 points. Then on Fridays, the Mom Store is open in the evenings. They can go shopping with their points, or they can save them up for a bigger reward. They are also allowed to pool their points together to purchase a larger item if they are all in agreement about wanting to do so.
Now the boys are always eager to clean up when it is time, and I'm loving not having to nag them anymore! It isn't perfect - but it definitely helps keep them motivated.
Great idea, and it is helping them to learn! good luck with your mom store!
I love this idea! Well done!
Oh my gosh Lisa, what a GREAT idea this is. I bet those boys are working their little butts off trying to get stickers so they can go shopping. You make chores fun!!
Oh Lisa you have to be the most creative,clever, and very cool Mom I know your boys are very lucky indeed. B
This is such a GREAT idea! In addition to getting the chores done you teach them about saving. Love it!
That is such a wonderful and creative idea! And it teaches so many valuable lessons.
I think one of the prizes should be an overnight at CatCat and PopPop's house. I will provide transportation. :-)
What a cool idea! And by the way, it's been waay too long since I stopped by here for a visit! I've gotten away from actually reading blogs and I just realized how much I miss it! I hope you guys are all doing great!!
I want to shop at The Mom Store! What a great, and very cool, idea! There are so many lessons for them to pick up on, and they have fun, too.
WHat a great idea! I'm gonna have to try that with Livie!
My mom used to have a rainy day box that always changed and was a delight to investigate when she got it out.
I love this, what a great idea. I'm going to steal it and modify it for my kindergartner who's not always so eager to clean up. T/You!
Now, that is downright genius, Lisa. I love how you always step out of the box. :)
love love love this idea!
This is something my kids would absolutely love to do. Great idea! I will have to look into getting some fun stuff for my own "mom store" this weekend!
I think it's perfect! What a super idea Lisa!! I wonder if it would work for adults, too? ;)
I think it is a perfect idea! Being an accountant I especially love the "interest" they could receive by saving....lol
Even I would be excited every Friday! :D
Brilliant! And worked out down to every little detail!!!!
a GREAT idea....they are lucky to have you lisa!!
That is a wonderful idea and they will learn so much from it!
What a perfect idea.
I would put away ALL my toys if moms gave me stickers too.
It is really a great idea! I will share this with my blog readers ^^
Nothing like a little positive reinforcement.
That is so cute. What a great idea!
What a wonderfully creative idea, i love it!
I used to have a store too. We all loved it. Thanks for the memories.
Oh wow what a great idea. I have got to pass this on to my kids. I bet my grandchildren would love to try this. I wish I would have thought of it when my kids were young.
This is an excellent idea! I am passing it on to my daughter.
That's a good idea. My son's school has a school store. He loves it. The last thing he bought with his fake money was a chance to read to anyone at the school. He chose to read to a 2nd grade teacher; whom he might get next year.
What a cute idea! I have a friend that does something very similar and it works well for her!
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