Continuing on my musings about what I’m grateful for… I’m grateful for some mom out in cyberspace named Becki (who I do not personally have the pleasure of knowing). And that somehow something led me to her post about how she gets her kids put their stuff away. Because man alive, it is awesome. It’s kind of like the Joy School “Gunny Bag” who “eats left-over toys” with a twist. Her brilliant idea gave me the brilliant idea to add her “funny jobs” into our “Five-Minute Job Jar.”
The Job Jar
Now, I don’t know if I’ve talked about how much I adore this little jar (above).
It works miracles I tell you.
When my children forget a job, tease each other, forget their manners, ignore me, etc. (which happens all too often) it is just so magically easy to calmly tell them to go pick out a job from the jar.
If I remember to do this instead of getting all huffy and slamming a door, it does three things:
- takes all the emotion out of trying to bug kids about chores
- nudges the kids to make better choices next time so they don’t get stuck with a trip to the job jar, and
- it makes our house a lot cleaner!
Last week, inspired by Becki’s post, we added a whole slew of her ideas into that thing. I had Claire fold them up and add them to the jar.
Funny ideas to add to the job jar to make chores fun
At first she wasn’t paying attention and just started stuffing them in. But then she started reading them as she folded. As soon as she started reading what they said she perked right up: You know it’s gonna be a good thing when her face looked like this when she found a particularly amusing one: …and she just kept getting more and more excited as she went. That hair is “keeping it real.” My personal favorite is: “Rub your Dad’s head for ten minutes while telling him how thankful you are for him working so hard.”
Oh and Claire was beyond amused that one of them called for making a bed with a blindfold on…and another for making up a song about having a clean house and perform it for your family. But I think this one was her favorite: I mean, there’s got to be some mercy in there with the punishments, right?
I couldn’t help but smile to myself that evening when she and a friend were trying to find something new to do. Claire’s eyes brightened right up. “I know! Let’s pick some jobs from our new job jar!” she suggested with glee.
Her friend looked at her kinda funny but tried to be a good sport. Five minutes later I had a scrubbed fridge and two happy girls eating a treat just as the slip of paper had directed them to do after they finished.
Yeah, I love this thing:And I love my new-friend-Becki-who-doesn’t-know-who-I-am too 🙂 I’m grateful that she reminded me jobs don’t have to be all drudgery. The only problem is that maybe now my kids will WANT to get sent to that job jar. But hey, if they do, I’ll sure have a sparkling house and some happy kids to show for it.