March was the first month of Chores for Charity in our house and, truth is, it roared in like a lion but forgot to go out like a lamb. Let’s just say we are still “adjusting” to having a chore schedule. I did not live up to my potential as the “Chore Enforcer” and it seems that the word chore can still induce a “drop to the floor and flail around like a fish out of water” kind of tantrum. But, we are adjusting and things are getting better. Getting Josie to make her bed is not like pulling teeth anymore. And, we have discovered that she loves to use the Dustbuster. Like most everything on the good planet Earth, Chores For Charity is evolving and that is a good thing.
More importantly, I think the concept behind Chores For Charity is sinking in. Josie talks often about how she is going to help build a playground, which is usually accompanied by her saying, “This is so cool Mom!” She is enjoying the idea of doing good for others and that is truly what this project is about. An added benefit of this project is that Josie is learning to count money – it’s a real life math lesson! During March, Josie earned $19.61 for KaBOOM!
That said, we are going to change some things up. Our chore chart had to change! So, we are moving to a weekly sticker chart for chores that a friend of mine recommended. It is more kid-friendly and the pictures make it clear to her what she needs to do. I’ve also decided to add rewards for her – if she earns 25 stickers in a week, then she gets to choose one reward card. The rules still apply – if she throws a tantrum, she doesn’t get a sticker but still needs to do the chore. Also, chores on the weekend are not mandatory. She can earn stickers for doing her chores but she doesn’t have to do them. Our schedules are so unpredictable on the weekend that it really made it difficult to get everything done. With these changes, I think Chores For Charity will be more enjoyable for everyone in the house!
Stay tuned to learn which charity we selected to be April’s beneficiary! It was inspired by our recent trip to Washington, DC and we can’t wait to tell you about it.