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Good morning friends, its Treasure Tuesday’s! Hope your having an amazing Tuesday. Join me every Tuesday for great tips on Parenting and Loving our Children the Way God Love us.

Proverbs 22:6
“Train up a child in the way he should go; and when he is old, he will not depart from it”

I personally take being a parent very seriously so learning all I can to do just that is what I do. Passing it on to you is very rewarding. Today we are gonna talk about RESPONSIBILITY.

Having your children in a structured environment is getting them prepared for the “real world”. One thing that sets them up is having responsibilities in the home. No matter how small, they are responsible for their part.

I started “Chore Packs” for each part of the day that has worked wonders for each child. Chores are based on each child’s age. What is “chore pack” you ask its just a clear plastic pocket containing cards with an activity wrtiten in order of what to do. If you have toddlers that cant read yet then add pictures of each chore to remind them what their chores are.

They are allotted a time frame for each “chore pack”. They wear their badges until they are completely finished then they have mom or dad check their work. We have 3 badges, morning pack, afternoon pack, and evening pack.

Each day’s chores are different cause each child’s schedule is different every day. Their morning packs include “make your bed”, brush your teeth”, “get dressed”, eat breakfast & clean mess up”, feed dogs or take out trash. Everything you would want your child to get done is what is put into their packs so they learn to get this done so that it frees up time for you to get other things done. Number them in order you would like them done and then when that chore is complete they move that card from the front to the back. I also add something positive to the last card such as “Find your dad and tell him how proud you are of him for taking care of you” or a scripture from God.

One of the things that we still have a problem with is “forgetting”. So another thing I started doing is “Daddy Dollars”. Everything they do they also get rewarded for it. They get allowance every week based on their ages. The daddy dollars are extra. You give the daddy dollars a value and they accumulate them every week. They can also lose them with their bad behavior. Each chore packs is given a certain number of “daddy dollars” if done by the allowed time frame. If at anytime their behavior is not what we expect they have to give back what ever amount we ask. Our daddy dollars are valued at .50 each. We all sat down to come up with their reward system they can purchase with their daddy dollars, such as Game Systems 1/2 hour $10, computer time 1/2 hour $10, 1/2 extended bed time $6, Fun day $20, Movie $20, Candy Bowl $3, Ice cream $10, Food of choice $10, Video game $50, pop for dinner $3, friend over night $15, or the may cash out.

Most of the rewards cost more than the children typically earn in a single day. They can earn extra Daddy Dollars by doing extra chores, or they can save up for what they want. Either way, there are important lessons to be learned about saving, and about making wise choices about how they spend a limited supply of money – a lesson that everyone would do well to learn!

Your kids will feel so good about themselves because they are working hard for what they want instead of it being handed to them. They get upset with themselves when they lose a daddy dollar but will tell you they think about it before they do it again.

Raising your kids to be responsible is key to a successful life. Dont go easy on them set down with the whole family and come up with a plan on chores, reward system and punishment. You will see that when the whole family is on board your home will run pretty smooth, well not always but mostly.

Psalm 127:3-5 (ESV) “Behold, children are a heritage from the Lord, the fruit of the womb a reward. Like arrows in the hand of a warrior are the children of one’s youth. Blessed is the man who fills his quiver with them! He shall not be put to shame when he speaks with his enemies in the gate.”

Serving with Joy,
Sonya

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About Sonya

I am a sinner saved by grace trying to move through this broken world as a wife, mom and homeschooler. I have 3 gorgeous sons {24, 17 & 11} and a wonderful husband of 13 years, that have my heart! I don't have all the answers however sharing my life with you in hopes that it will drawer you closer to Him. I pray that when you leave here you walk away knowing Him better.

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