design blogs for a living, but I just simply do not have the time. I limit the blogs I follow to the blogs of people I personally know or have met with one exception:
I've never met Shawni from 71toes, but her blog totally rocks! Recently she posted about a money system that I fell in love with the moment I read about it (read the details here). I knew it was something we just had to implement with Bryson and it has been amazing!
I'll share with you how we've implemented the system (we've changed a few things to meet our needs), but I highly recommend you go here to read the original version because it has a better explanation than I will be giving here.
1) No whining. Bryson is in this horrible whining stage, so having this as a daily goal has worked wonders in helping him control the whine. He gets one warning and then he loses a sticker.
2) Daily chore. We have his (& our) chore assignments for the week written on a chalkboard in our kitchen, so he goes there to know what chore needs to be done each day.
3) 30 min. reading. He reads to me for 20 minutes and then I read to him for 10.
4) TV schedule. He is allowed 1 1/2 hours of TV/Movies and 30 minutes of computer time each day. He gets to decide when to use that time throughout the day. He can't go over his two hour limit or he loses a sticker.
We'll change and adapt the four things as he gets older but for now these are working great.
tithing. Bryson wasn't too happy about giving up two whole dollars but Mike helped him understand that the money he earned wasn't really his--but that it was a gift from Heavenly Father and that paying tithing was a way of showing our gratitude for all we've been given. It was cute watching Mike teach Bryson how to fill out a tithing slip and lick an envelop.
here). Mike was able to earn enough money growing up to pay for his entire mission all by himself and still have money left over for college and we really want Bryson to be able to do the same thing someday. So far he's off to a great start!
If you don't already have a money system in place for your children, I highly recommend this one. It has been wonderful and has helped us teach Bryson so well about giving, sacrifice, saving, and hard work.