I have been having trouble getting it all done. (The previous sentence was an understatement!) My children are taking 3 hours to do a 30 minute assignment and holding me prisoner in the process. I called my mom in desperation today who had a great idea. Play beat the clock! The kids understand what they are supposed to do and are smart enough to do it, they are just wasting time. I use a basic Lux timer (the one above is available from Cassandra's Kitchen) and set it for the amount of time I think it should take plus a couple of extra minutes. If they beat the clock they get a daddy dollar.
The idea for Daddy dollars were shared with me by my dear friend and Grocery Shrink supporter, Pam Stuck. She got the idea from Family Fun Magazine. (I take that magazine but missed the idea!) I made our dollars at https://www.festisite.com/money/
The kids earn money by meeting expectations and then can turn in their money for extra privieges like watching a movie, having a family ice cream night or inviting a friend to spend the night. They are a big hit around here and my kids would rather have a daddy dollar than a real dollar right now. That's fine by me! It's only 11:00 am around here and my second child is almost finished with his entire day's work. Yea!
I've been thinking that this idea might work for me too. I could play beat the clock on my dishes and folding laundry. I wonder what DH would trade my daddy dollars for ?...