A Sweet Solution for Messy Rooms

by Martha Artyomenko

To help our kids learn to pick up their clothing off the floor and clean their rooms, we introduced a room checklist and incentive chart. Our checklist defined what a clean room meant. This list included items such as "cleaned floor," "made bed" and "dusted furniture." Different days listed different items.

The incentive chart consisted of an empty ice-cream dish cut out of construction paper. On the bottom of it, I stapled an envelope filled with paper cutouts of colorful ice-cream scoops, whipped cream and a cherry for the top of the sundae.

When children completed their checklist, they were each allowed to add to the family's sundae. I had enough paper scoops and other "ingredients" for kids to take three weeks to complete the sundae. When it was finished, our whole family went out to enjoy real sundaes together.


This article appeared in the February/March 2016 issue of Thriving Family magazine. Copyright © 2016 by Martha Artyomenko. Used by permission. ThrivingFamily.com.


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