Mean Mommy #1
Loren and I are some of those "mean parents" who don't believe in handing your kids things on a silver platter. We rarely ever buy gifts or treats for our kids for no reason. They get stuff on their birthday, Christmas, V-day, and the day before Easter. They save their money for items they want and, *gasp*, they do chores around the house. (Just to clarify, grandparents apparently don't feel the need to follow our logic...they do get spoiled by grandmas and grandpas.) But that is ok. :-)
The girls have been really wanting a swing set. This, for us, falls into a category of "I'm not buying them this just because." So Loren and I came up with a thermometer chart that lists ten jobs they have to do. Each time they complete the job, they can color in a box. When all the jobs are done, we will get a swing set. Sydney thinks this is silly but instilling a good work ethic in our girls is something we feel is vitally important and something that is often lacking in the youth these days.
These jobs aren't all simple either. They have gotten one job finished (scrubbing the baseboards throughout the house) since I took this picture. They range from moving river rock out of our yard to helping prepare the garden for spring planting to sorting through their toys to give to a local charity. Hopefully, our idea works and our girls will see the value in hard work and working hard for things in life. **Hopefully** Parenting is somewhat of a guessing game but we are hoping we are on the right track. :-)
~Girls scrubbing away at those baseboards!
Mean Mommy #2
This past weekend my girls had some awful attitudes. They were fighting and talking back and just being rotten. They weren't listening when I asked them to do something. I was tired of putting them in time out and decided to take more drastic measures. So we took all of their toys (minus books) and locked them in the basement for a week. Since Sunday they have had no toys to play with. Of course they thought this was an awful idea but I will say this much: Since doing this, they have been much more pleasant to be around. There hasn't been nearly as much fighting and their demeanor has changed. Hopefully when they get their toys back on Sunday, this lesson will not be forgotten quickly.
A bonus from this is their room looks so clean without toys littering the floor!!
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