Thursday, August 4, 2011

Chart S.O.S.

I am good at many things.  Chore charts is not one of them.  I am not kidding.  We have tried every shape, size, plan, and incentive.  The problem is not the chart.  It is me.  I am a colossal failure at overseeing charts.

The ironic thing about this is that I actually love participating in a chart system. I have always loved knowing what was expected of me and then being able to check the completed tasks off of my list.  But for whatever reason I have a huge disconnect between participating in the system and running it.

Everything starts great.  I am good at creating the chart and explaining he rewards.  My kick-off speeches are inspiring.  The whole family gladly drinks the Kool-Aid and that is the pinnacle.  It is a slow sad death from this point.

Week one will be good.  I may not even have to be reminded to tally the chart at the end of the week.  Week two will be questionable and by week three when they mention the chart I will look at my kids and wonder, "What chores are they talking about?" I am not exaggerating.  It is that bad.

The craziest part is that I am actually toying with the idea of trying a new chart.  I know, right?  Why do I do this to myself?  Why do I do this to my kids?  The poor little dudes have never even had the chance to get the "big reward".  I just taunt them with the possibility and then I flake out! 

I will try again because I understand the benefits of organization.  I know that kids respond well to chart systems and I would like for them to be independent in their chores.  Many many moms rock the chart system daily.  I just need to suck it up and follow through.  I will let you know how it goes...

If you are a chart guru and have any tips or suggestions PLEASE send them my way!

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