Tuesday, February 19, 2008

The Points System

It's Works For Me Wednesday! Today we'll be talking about The Points System.

We had implemented this last year but it does take a bit of diligence on the parents part and we let it fall to the wayside. However, it was working great at the time so we've implemented it once again.

Here's the basic idea... kids are given a list of chores and daily tasks and every task is assigned a point value. Here's an example of what our 8 year old's list looks like:

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Our 4 year old's list is similar - but a little more basic:

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Then all three have a list of rewards they can buy points with and a list of punishments that points will be taken away for:

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Then the points are all charted on the wall where everyone can see:

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When we implemented the system last year we used poker chips to represent points but it was a lot more difficult for us to keep track of. I'm really hoping this way works a lot better.

Anyhow - that's what (hopefully) works for me!

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8 comments:

Heart of Wisdom said...[Reply to comment]

This always worked for me and my kids.
Thanks for sharing
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CC said...[Reply to comment]

LOVE IT!!!! You are so organized! Way to go!

Nikki said...[Reply to comment]

I really like your system. I've bookmarked your page to refer back to it. It's very nice and orderly.

Jack's Mommy said...[Reply to comment]

i love this idea... my 1st baby is due in may - im going to bookmark this and show my hubby. Maybe we can use this in a few years!!! thanks!

Anonymous said...[Reply to comment]

Great idea...my husband and I are planning this type of thing. However, I kind of wonder if the points taken away are a little unbalanced. If they do one or two things bad, they lose a lot of points.

Anonymous said...[Reply to comment]

It's cheaper to play video games than spend time with parents? I would hope it would be the other way around.

Stacey M. said...[Reply to comment]

i ALSO FIND IT ODD THAT THEY GET LESS POINTS TAKEN AWAY FOR VIOLENT BEHAVIOR THAN FOR LYING. oops caps

Domestic Spaz said...[Reply to comment]

Lying is a BIG deal to us. Everyone has their own priorities as far as discipline and behavior go, though. If you choose to make your own system, you can split the points up however you'd like, of course. :)

As for it being cheaper to play video games than spend time with us - that's a little off kilter. We spend time with the kids all the time for no charge. However, the kids love us to play board games with them and frankly, I loathe doing it. Therefore it costs a lot of points to get me to succumb to Candy Land.