This is our family clean up jar. When the kids pick up something around the house that is “above and beyond” what they are required to clean up, they get a jelly belly. Things like their shoes, backpack and jacket don’t count. They need to be doing that anyways, but something extra to help out Mom or baby sister, etc. will earn them a bean.
The system was working out perfectly. Our house was super clutter free and the kids were getting tiny treats in return. Not only were they picking up their every day items, but they’d seek out others like maybe a diaper on the floor, or Ruby’s baby toys, the newspaper, etc. Win-win. That is until they got smart on me.
Our kids get a long great, but the other morning they were getting along even better. Patting each other on the back, laughing and playing. They were practically giddy. What were they doing to be so happy? Well, instead of picking up their toys and shoes that they are expected to do anyway, they were having their siblings do it FOR THEM and earning candy that way. Everyone was picking up the normal every day items, but since they were doing it for EACH OTHER they considered that worth of a jelly belly. Kaylee put Dallin’s shoes away and treated herself to a bean, Dallin picked up Kaylee’s jacket, and Aaron picked up Dallin’s books, etc….
It was hilarious. So I had to adjust it a bit. ONLY after their regular every day items are picked up (by themselves) can they start to work on extra bonus chores to earn candy. It is working out great and our house hasn’t been this clutter-free (without me doing it) before. I actually walked into the living room the other night and did a double take. It was clean and I didn’t clean it. How on earth?!?!?
It was great.