Chores are for boys….

Or at least so says Amelie, who at the moment thinks that anything that involves doing anything remotely uninteresting or adverse to her agenda is “for boys”. Things “for boys” are inclusive but not limited to the following;
having a job/going to work
getting dressed
picking up her toys
spaghetti bolognaise

Scones and tea while smug mugging are girlie though!!

Since moving here I have been fighting a constant battle to try and get everyone helping a bit more. I eventually would like to live in a house where everyone does their bit to make a happy home (there is a possibility I stole that from an Ikea catalogue). Despite my efforts we are still in a kind of ‘mum will do it anyway eventually’ funk with the boys as previously spoken about here.
We have never given them pocket money before, being more of a constantly dripping tap of small change for sweets, pens, and magazines from the conveniently located shop at the end of the road. Its not that I subscribe to the whole ‘money for the sake of it’ idea, its just I had never really addressed the pocket money, or even the ,you have to do set chores, issues – so I was laying in bed  one night and had an epiphany and thought, lets combine the two.
Boom – the Jobs available board was born next day in the Kitchen. 
It does say money paid on Friday, but I quickly changed that after the first two weeks because it wasn’t really working for us. Now they have to do 30 minutes of any of the jobs on the board DAILY, and they get their money when they are finished. Luis could hack the build up of money to be paid on one day but it wasn’t working for Maxi. This new daily system is much more motivating for him and he doesn’t moan and groan nearly as much (although his fake cry is still Oscar worthy).
Now – I’m not saying they do the chores perfectly, or enjoy doing them, but they are certainly doing a lot more helpful housework than they have EVER done. Winning!!!!! I have spoken about my laundry system before here. The colour coordinated baskets are working great but with 7 of us in the house I am doing at least 2 washes a day, so there is always clean washing for them to put away on a daily basis. ‘Sort Laundry’ also involves picking up any stray piles and dividing them into a dark and lights basket for me to wash.
I also introduced a ‘mummy charge’ because I am sick of being walked all over and my children treating me like a slave I think it is healthy for children to learn some money management. I hope that by teaching them a little lesson now that when they are older they are able to avoid some of the mistakes Ive made! The money they give me just goes straight back into the pocket money pot but they don’t need to know that.
The toy release charge is another scheme of mine to try and combat the stuff left everywhere. I have an empty drawer and I go around daily picking up the stuff I find dumped everywhere and anywhere (guaranteed collection points for junk = downstairs bathroom, foyer, behind living room sofa, kitchen breakfast bar). This isn’t going to work for the little girls although I am collecting generic stuff and helping the girls to put their toys or shoes away in the hope that they just naturally get into the habit of putting stuff away. So far in my drawer I have 3 pairs of football boots, 2 shin guards, a gum shield, 4 homework books, a load of toys, about 6 random crayola twistables and sharpeners, and a match attack book. 
I have to say I am really loving this system as it is easy to keep track of, they know exactly what they have to do and I am not continually on at everyone to tidy up all the time. The master plan is as the children grow up I can add more to the list and by the time they are 18 they can move out and be fully house trained, understand how to manage their money, and I will have successfully palmed off all household work onto them leaving me free for leisurely lunches and pampering. Yes, I know, I am a genius.
(I promise my next post will have pictures of the children in them Mum, I know its 2 posts now with no photos of the grandkids!!!)

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