Here are my happy helpers!
Why should we require our children to do work? In Genesis, before the fall – God put Adam into the garden to work tending to the garden (Genesis 2:15). Work is not a result of the fall – but something that God created for man to do because we are created in his image and God works.
In Proverbs we are given many verses about not being lazy or slothful such as Proverbs 6:6 about how the ant works hard to gather food and Proverbs 21:25. In I Thessalonians 3:10 Paul says “If a man will not work, he shall not eat.” I have never withheld food from my children, nor do I recommend it – but I will say that withholding all desserts and snacks are not a bad consequence for a child who refuses to work. When a child sees his siblings eating their Popsicles you better believe that the silent motivation might just help the child get his rear in gear!
The blue cards with a star indicate a “bonus” chore. This may be a chore that I forgot to take a picture of or a special chore like cleaning out the garage or sweeping the basement. Bonus chores get a candy reward when they are completed. My children celebrate when they find a bonus chore in their packet!
They love laundry day! This is a “bonus” chore!
So for all the moms in the thick of it – I offer just one method in the midst of 33,000,000!!! If my method cannot work for you -please do not be discouraged – go out there on the web and search – I know there has to be one out there for you!!!
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