This September, I made it a priority to make the most hectic times each day, a little less hectic. In addition to using a dry erase family calendar, I also created a checklist for each of the school aged kids.
Each of them has their own dry erase board that lists the things they need to do in the morning and as soon as they get home. The tasks on the checklists are expected to be done without reminders. We have gotten in to the habit of reminding them to do their checklists, though. Cutting out the reminders is a work in progress.
As an incentive, reward money is tied to the checklists. Each day that all items are done, they get a star. If any items do not get done, they get an X. I track the stars and Xs on the calendar. If they get a star every day for the month, then they will get $10 in addition to their monthly allowance. (Note: None of them have achieved this yet.) The child that gets the most stars gets $5, and everyone else gets $1, as long as they get more stars than Xs for the month. During the second month of this, Kaitlyn gave up and quit doing her tasks on most days. We had to change the rules up a bit so she wasn’t getting an extra dollar for doing nothing. Yes, we are the meanest parents EVER.
This method really does work well for the younger kids. Kaitlyn isn’t very motivated, so it is hit or miss with her. If you have any tips on motivating a teenager, please share!
Here are some pictures of the lists and how we have everything hanging on the wall. It isn’t “Pinterest Pretty” either, but it is functional.