Pick It Up or Pay

by Cindi Ferrini

Our household had our own lost and found — but with a twist. Instead of just returning the things my kids left lying around the house, I wanted them to learn to be responsible for keeping track of their belongings. Each night after bedtime, I put any toys, clothes, books, papers, food or other items that were not in their proper place into a large box. If the kids wanted their things back, they had to pay 25 cents for each item. It didn't take many quarters for them to learn that keeping track of their stuff was worthwhile!


This article appeared in the January/February 2014 issue of Thriving Family magazine. Copyright © 2013 by Cindi Ferrini. Used by permission. ThrivingFamily.com.


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