I spied you being good

I spied you being good

We’re halfway through the summer holidays.

There’s a good chance your harmonious households are still smiling through these glorious summer days and the children continue to look at you in mute adoration, ready to instantly obey your simple requests.

Our house sits perfectly in this harmonious space.  And by that I mean that we’re just tipping over the edge to the other side of harmony hill, hanging onto sanity by a thread, as the girls get too used to treats, late nights, lack of routine and sibling fall outs.  A plan is needed.

At ages 10 and 7, they’re too old for sticker charts, but they’re still very much easily revitalised by small bribes, so I’ve turned to my faithful Sharpies again.  It’s time to reinstate these jars!

Trusted Sharpies used to decorate these storage jars. Ideal when children are too old for sticker charts but still respond well to bribery

Trusted Sharpies used to decorate these storage jars. Ideal when children are too old for sticker charts but still respond well to bribery

There are a few simple rules:

  • Treats can be earned for unspecified actions or behaviours (for example, kind behaviour, household chores over and above expected daily tasks).
  • Treats could include money, stickers, erasers, sweets.
  • If they ask for treats for their jars, they almost certainly won’t receive anything.
  • Jar contents are theirs Friday mornings.

Last time these jars were out, they worked well for about 2 weeks.  That’ll see me through August nicely.  Here’s hoping!

Wishing you all a colourful and harmonious week.  I’m off to stock up on small tat in the hope that they take the bait…

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