Jewel Jars and Chore Charts

If you’re anything like me, you’ve probably got thousands of pins on Pinterest pinned for another day, most of which you haven’t even checked the links for!

While Pinterest is full of inspiration – and I really do love Pinterest – it can be totally overhwhelming.  The danger is, of course, we end up feeling like inferior wives and mamas, because all these pins seem to have been completed by superwomen who clearly have the ability to multiply time!

I have spent plenty of time pinning hundreds of parenting ideas to help your children become more responsible; chore charts, chore pegs, chore magnets, chore envelopes…you name it, someone has made a chore version of it.

But we all have different families, with different children, and different demands.  Some of us have placid and obedient children – some of us have those who like to walk a little more on the wild side!  Some of us have large familes, some of us – me being one of those some – have just two little darlings.

So, here is (hopefully) not just another pin for a rainy day when you are desperate to use a laminator and need a reason to do so, but how I took the best of Pinterest and made it work for my family!

Step 1 – Identify your goals

The idea of giving our two children pocket money has become more relevant over the past six months.  We have had little sticker charts for a long while now, but at the start of the summer holidays, they both realised they had outgrown many of their books and toys and wanted some new ones!  The need to teach them to earn and save became a bit more pressing.  So my first goal was to enable them to earn some pocket money.

Step 2 – Plan simple ways to achieve them

To start with, I decided to revert to the good old sticker chart.  I decided that blank ones are the best because they allow you to adapt to your children – for example, in holiday times, the demands on them are less just by virtue of the fact that they spend less time in the house and have after school activities.  So, for each chore they complete they achieve a sticker.

Chart

My second method is a Jewel Jar.  I took two old plastic sweetie containers and they decorated them with stickers.  I bought a cheap bag of glass pebbles (that are really for the bottom of vases) and they became our jewels.  Jewels can also be earned for additional acts of helpfulness and random acts of kindness.

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My third method (bear with me, I said it was simple and it really is!) is Money Pots.  I saved several glass jars from jams and pickles and had the kids choose three each.  They got to decorate them again, and they are for Spending, Saving and Giving.

spend

Every Saturday, we add up stickers and jewels.  Each jewel and sticker is worth 10p and they can trade them for money.  They then decide how to divide their money up – it’s up to them how they do it, but they have put something in each jar.

Step 3 – Don’t forget the Bible

Every opportunity we have to give our children the gospel is one we should take, and having Jewel Jars and Chore Charts is no exception!

It is good to teach our children obedience, and it is good for them to realise what the fruits of their labour can bring.  It is good for them to consider how they can use what they have been given and what they have been earned, to realise that the earth is the Lord’s and everything in it (Psalm 24:1).  We can teach them to be good stewards (1 Peter 4:10), to work for the Lord (Colossians 3:23) and to help those in need (Proverbs 19:17).  There are so many sweet lessons we can teach our children through these simple things!

Helen x

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