Kids are wonderful. Kids are precious. Kids make our world go round.
Kids have the power…to destroy a house in 3 minutes!
Admit it! Kids can seriously destroy a living room in the time takes you to fix a cup of coffee! All parents go through this lovely stage. We go through the dreaded time of trying to teach them to clean up their messes and pick up their toys.
My daughter is turning 10 this year and we still have a hard time getting her to keep her room clean, dirty clothes picked up, and putting her toys away after playing with them. We have used the chore chart in the past but that failed mainly because of me. I would have my daily things to do while she was at school and would end up doing her stuff just to get everything done. Ugh! It was very frustrating for me to clean the house but have to leave certain things undone. Another issue has been all her toys, crafts, and electronics left out. She leaves her stuff everywhere! My husband and I would gather her things and drop them in her room. That left me feeling kinda crappy though when I would stay on her about cleaning her room. I know I shouldn’t have felt that way, but I couldn’t shake the feeling that I made her room messy by chunking stuff in there.
Well, we have finally found an awesome solution!!! Drum roll please………….
The Ransom Box
We used one of my husband’s old Army boxes and a jar for the chores. Anything that she leaves out goes into the box and she must draw a chore from the jar to get an item back. She’s not allowed to go through the box at any time. She must do a chore to open the box and then she can go through and pick one thing. Last week she left her purse in the dining room, her craft box in the living room floor, and her school shoes under the kitchen table (again!). She realized her purse must have been put into the box so she asked if she could draw a chore. She completed her chore and went to the box. I waited to see what she would choose, since she NEEDS her school shoes. A few seconds later she walked into the living room and showed me her school shoes! Haha! This was her first lesson with the Ransom Box. It didn’t take her long to figure out that keeping her stuff put away nice and neat would save her from having to do chores to get her shoes out!
My next goal…figuring out how to get my husband to pick up his stuff!