So what does a fed up mommy do? I made a plan to fix this situation. I bought a simple sticker chart from the dollar store, complete with stickers and a booklet of charts. I call this the awesome sticker chart. For every good deed and good choice, the children get an awesome sticker. When the sticker chart is filled up, the reward is $5 to spend or save. I can tell this is better than any method I have tried in the past and most likely going to work.
As a mommy with ADD, it is very difficult for me to be consistent. Every time I have tried an allowance/ sticker chart in an organized manor, it has failed. I am sporadic, therefore my rewards must be sporadic. I notice something awesome, the children get an awesome sticker, right away. It is very random and not sequenced like a chore chart.
I do believe it is important for children to carry some of the responsibility of the household, otherwise known as chores. I just cannot stick to any kind of schedule or plan for them. The boys' chores consist of them picking up after themselves. They are not expected to do the dishes, only to take their dirty dish to the sink. They are not required to wash their laundry, just responsible to put it in the hamper.
So for each awesome thing they do, they get an awesome sticker. When I told the boys about this method, I warned them that they have to remind me about the sticker right away or I might forget. I told them do not to wait, we need to do the sticker right away. This way we do not forget. Every good deed must be recorded.
The awesome sticker chart! One mom's way of rewarding good behavior and good deeds, when mom has ADD.
What ways do you motivate your children to stay on task? Please share in the comments!