This is my new behavior system for the girls. We used our Star Charts for a long time and they worked great, but at the Power of Moms Retreat I attended we talked a lot about family economy and how important it is to teach your children how to earn and save money to purchase their own things. Ellie always has a new doll or something in mind she’d love to have and I like being able to say “sure you can have that! You just need to save your money….” The timer was also a suggestion at the retreat. I am loving this timer! Makes everything more of a game for the kids. I’ll say “lets pick up the room and you can each earn a quarter….let’s set the timer and see if we can do it in 5 minutes!” They love racing against the timer. They get paid a quarter for doing their “jobs” – little things I have them help me with each day around the house and they can also earn some extra money at random times for really good behavior or having a good attitude during homework, etc. It’s a great way to teach my 1st grader about money too. Things like four quarters make a dollar and it takes twenty dollars to buy that new Ariel doll at Target. They each have their own special place to keep their money and it is really motivating them.
I bought several of these coin counters at Brookstone a few years ago for gifts for family at Christmas and I loved them so much that Kenny bought one for me too. I still get a kick out of pushing the little button and hearing all of my change organize itself! :) Fun holiday gift if you don’t know what to get a certain person on your list. The timer I just bought at Target.
What would we do without Target?
Save a lot of money I guess. But that wouldn’t be much fun now would it? :)