9.25.2008

Its simply marbelous

Right now, as I type this post, I am watching Sex and the City. I know what you are all thinking, that my husband is a dream and promptly went out and bought the movie when I asked for it. Um, yeah, that didn't happen. PK needed to go shoe shopping for a wedding coming up and we decided to stop at Target quick to pick up a pair of shoes I wanted.

LOVE THESE SHOES!!! Anyway, we also picked up Sex and the City. I am a happy woman right now. New shoes! New movie! What could be better??

Okay, this post is not about the movie or the shoes (but aren't the movie and shoes exciting!), it is about marbles. This summer, I was feeling pretty crappy about things. The kids were wild little demons and I needed to come up with something to kick the demon habit. As I was lying in bed thinking about work, my mind drifted the to kids. I wanted to come up with a way to make them less like the spawn of the devil and more like the wonderful children I prayed I would have.

I thought about giving them money for doing chores and listening but I think it has been fairly well documented that I am really cheap and the last thing I wanted to do was shell out more money to the devil. Hell, I pay taxes, the devil gets enough of my money.

As my mind was wandering, I thought about the incentive program we have at work. Every time a money saving idea is submitted a marble gets put into a jar. When the jar is full, we get a party. I know, very high school, but very fun. Then it struck me, I can give the kids marbles for being good and just tell them that the marbles are worth money, 25 cents each to be exact.

So we made a poster full of the things that they should do everyday. You know, clear your dishes, turn out the lights, clean up your rooms, pick up your toys, the basics. If they do these things WITHOUT being asked, they get a marble. If they misbehave they get a marble taken away.

These things are like discipline gold! All I have to do it threaten to take a marble away and they are perfect children...most of the time. I have even convinced Payton to be a so good every day so she can earn 8 marbles a day. That way, in 80 days, she can have a Hannah Montana art set she has been pining over. She has been really good and frequently says she is trying to get eight marbles a day. She hasn't made it but she is well on her way.

I am hoping this will also help them learn the value of a dollar ("look how hard and how long you had to work to be able to pay for that HM art set."), the art of saving ("if you spend those marbles on the that insert stupid cheap toy here then it will take longer to get that HM art set."), and it will brain wash the kids into behaving. Really, what could be better?

7 comments:

Cara said...

Nice idea! We are teetering with the whole money in exchange for chores concept too (otherwise know as "allowance"). I like your idea much better!

My older (5) is VERY visual and i think this would do the trick!!!

Thanks

ILCW

optimisticallyhopeful said...

Those shoes came from Target?!? Adorable! I may just have to go out and buy myself a pair!

The marble idea is a great one! I'm tucking that away in my back pocket for when we have kids.

Collette said...

Thanks ladies! We have tired several other methods and this seems to do the trick. We have even managed to keep them in bed at night which is a miracle.

Yes, the shoes are from Target. They had them in brown too! I love them because they have a 40's influence and I love 40's fashion.

Simply AnonyMom said...

I saw those shoes at Target and started to drool, and I am not a shoe person!

I love your idea of marbles. I will certainly run that past hubby and see what he says.

When I was growing up, my parents had 6 kids. When it came to chores some of us did them, some did not. My parents tried lots of things but found the only thing that ALWAYS worked was if all the chores got done, we all got allowance. If some were missed, none of us got paid.

I like the marbles way better ;)

thanks for visiting and happy ICLW

Jaymee said...

Hope the marble system works for you.

I LOVE those shoes, they are not the most comfortable but they are the cutest.

ILCW

Cara said...

Hi again...BTW, I am vowing to catch up on the last two seasons of Sex and the City before watching the movie....it's not an easy wait!!!

Hope you enjoyed it!

bendingbackwards said...

Love the shoes!

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