Wednesday, May 30, 2012

The new nagging

I hate nagging.  To lessen my need to do it, I'm implementing a new system: the envelope of activities.  When the kids don't clear their plates after eating, they have to choose a strip of paper from the envelope.  Each paper has something written on it that they have to do.  They're not all punishments, so I called them "activities".  When they leave their stuff lying around, I point them to the envelope. 

Oh dear. What's this?  Looks like Sarah ate some corn and left the remains on the table.
Time to draw from the envelope...
She was the lucky winner of "Wipe down garage door inside and out."  

This is what's written on the slips:

Clean out van
Pull weeds for 10 minutes
Rub dad’s feet for 5 minutes and do ‘this little piggy’ to him.
Give mom and dad a hug and say, “I will never leave my stuff out again.”
Wipe down garage door inside and out
Empty all garbages
Write a letter to someone who has done a service for you and tell them thank you.
Rub dad’s back for 5 minutes while telling him how thankful you are for him working so hard.
Rub mom’s back for 5 minutes while telling her how much you love her.
Sweep front porch and ride your bike around the block.
Dust piano
Tell your sibling 3 things you love about him/her
Write 20 times “I will not leave my things out.”
Do 25 jumping jacks while singing, “I am a cleaning machine.”
Run around the house for 1 minute and see how many things you can pick up and put away.
Draw a picture of you picking up things and your mom and dad smiling BIG!
Make up a song about a clean house and perform it in front of your family.
Sweep kitchen floor
Sweep garage
sweep basement stairs
play with Snickers with the rope for 5 minutes
call a grandparent and tell them how much you love them.

1 comment:

Mike said...

This is an excellent idea! And so are the activities.