Here’s a question to all parents. How do you get your kids to do simple household chores without having to constantly nag them into submission? :) It could be one of the great mysteries of the Universe… LOL! Or maybe it’s just me who doesn’t know the answer!
My school age children are definitely able to help contribute to our daily household chores, but I find that they struggle to stay motivated without me having to constantly ask them to do their jobs! :D
However…… Help is at hand! YAY! :) The new Class of ’87 collection has inspired me to help my kids stay on track with what they are required to do. With a little “out of the box” thinking and Kaisercraft’s beyond the page projects, I may have cracked the case. Well, for the time being anyway!
I would like to introduce our “Job Tree”.
“Our Job List” by Leanne Allinson: Class of ’87 collection – sports day (p621); 6.5″ paper pad (pp837); clear stamps (cs771); ink – black (ip707), corn (ip711), antique blue (ip716), lipstick (ip714), lilac (ip715); alpha chipboard #2 (cb108), #3 (cb109); alpha stickers – red (as224); mini alpha stickers – cream (ma505); paint – raw umber (kc032), antique white (kc002); family tree (sb2059); mini clear stamps – owl (cs951); grosgrain ribbon – sunset (ri606), forest (ri608); paper flowers – snow (f601); rhinestones – deep yellow (sb712). Other – black pen; small shipping tags.
The idea behind this little gem is to be able to display the everyday jobs, such as feed the dog and set the table for meals, as a permanent feature on a branch, but still have the flexibility to change the child’s name that sits under it. Their initials will rotate position each week.
The Class of ’87 patterned papers are perfect for this project. The apple print from the 6.5″ paper pad easily fits into the after school theme as well as reinforces the idea of using a tree.
The reward ribbons were created using the clear stamps from the collection and with the aid of a piece of string, are perfect to hang from the hook in front of the recipient’s name tag.
The jobs that need to be encouraged with gentle reminders, such as make your bed and do your homework, are written down on small shipping tags instead of being permanently placed on the tree. They are different to the reward ribbons, as it is my hope is that these “jobs” will become part of the natural process of the day! LOL!
And do you know what? My kids actually like moving their rewards from the collection point, to their branch on the tree! They have (suddenly) become motivated to do their jobs! Plus it helps that the number of reward ribbons on their hook at the end of the week also translates into the amount of pocket money they receive! LOL! Now that has got to be a win-win situation for us all.