Trying to figure out what is going to motivate my kids to stay on top of their daily responsibilities seems like a never ending journey. So over the weekend I developed what I'm sure is strategy number 208 or something like that. I set up this "information station" if you will, just off the kitchen by the door where we exit to the garage.
I used cheap .97 cent clipboards that I bought at walmart and just added labels to the bottom.
The clipboards came with little hangers on them that pulled up and then I adhered a clear 3M hook to the wall.
My label categories were the following:
Hey Mom & Dad - Look at this (paperwork they bring home from the school that I'm suppose to read or sign)
Return to School (homework that needs to be turned in or anything I was suppose to sign and return to the school)
Each child has a responsibility chart. If they fill out all the squares for one day, then the following day they have privileges like watching a tv show or being on the computer. I also told them then when they have BOTH (this way they help each other and hold each other accountable) completed three weeks worth of responsibility charts that have all the squares filled out they will get a special treat! (Maybe chuck-e-cheese, a new book, something like that)
My daughter's responsibility chart has simple things on it like "wear coat to school" and "bring coat home from school" These are the things she does not do on a daily basis that drive me NUTS. "Bring your lunch box home" "No shoes lying around" "Make Bed" "Clean Room"
My son is younger so on his chart I added some pictures as well so he would be able to identify his tasks. One of his is "No toothpaste mess" Because everyday he makes a huge toothpaste mess in his sink and it is ridiculous!
Hopefully this will work. I hung it all up last night after they went to bed and introduced them to it this morning. They seemed excited about it. Wish me luck!