We decided to try out Montserrat's idea for teaching children how to use media wisely.
Our twist on it is that instead of giving them their coupons at the beginning of the week for free, they have to earn the coupons by doing chores the week before.
One chore = One coupon.
Each child has the opportunity to perform one chore every AM & PM, Monday through Friday.
What are their chores? Stuff we really need done daily such as setting the table, cleaning bathrooms and sweeping off the deck (our trees drop lots of stuff!) They are also required to get dressed, make their beds, and brush their teeth and hair each morning by themselves...no reward.
Each coupon has a cash value attached to it, and if they don't use their coupons by the end of the week, they can turn them in for an actual allowance, which Montse also does.
It's interesting to see their little brains doing backflips trying to decide if they want to spend their coupons or not.
And wouldn't you know it, all three kids were up at the crack of dawn today completing their morning chores: cleaning all the bathrooms, sweeping off the front and back decks and trampoline, and putting away the silverware.
(I, on the other hand, am still in my pjs! Tsk, tsk!) :)
So far, they've decided to blow their coupons all on the first day of the week.
The rest of the week is going to be either very quiet...or extremely loud. :)
I'll let you know how our experiment goes. You can go here to print off your own.