We pay them! Sort of. We really aren't paying them, but they don't know that. What we are actually doing is giving them fake money.
The local school supply center had this very realistic fake money. I bought a jar (yes, jar) of coins and bills and devised a plan. First, I wanted them to feel more connected to the whole system so I decided to make them a bank to put what they earn in.
I used the same paint from the door hangers I made the behavior charts out of. Then I gave the girls our massive box of stickers and let them decorate them however they wanted.
To make sure the stickers didn't come off I coated them with Mod Podge. Looking at the picture I realize that I maybe should have tried a bit harder on the writing on the banks. My handwriting is just awful.
Now for the reward system we devised. The behavior chart reward when all the clips are on "Looking Good" and it is turned over to WOW is dollar (it has to be on WOW when they go to bed to get the money). They have achieved this around four times over the last three weeks (their room seems to be the culprit, but listening is up there). That behavior chart isn't the only thing they get money for. They get money for helping with chores around the house as long as those chores are not their regular daily chores. They can also get money for doing things like being nice to each other or having excellent behavior in public (which is actually pretty common for them). They can earn in other ways, too.
The girls do know that it is not real money, but they can trade it in for real money to buy what they want, or simply trade in the fake money to get something special (a popsicle costs a nickel). They can also have money taken away for behavior. For this to happen their clip has to already be on working (first offense) and we have to bring up a second instance (costs a nickle).
I have found an unintended side effect of this system. Both girls are actually thinking about what they choose to use their money for. When they don't have a lot to spend, they will think twice before using it. Much different than when they thought we were an endless source of money for whatever they wanted. They are also learning to make change, something that can help them both in school.
Want to see some of their earnings?
They have earned much more than this now. I think they are up to around five dollars each.
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