Contracts spell out the expectations for each party and the consequences for lack of compliance. When both a parent and child agree on a project, a contract can be an effective way to foster responsibility.
Here's how this might be used for pet care. But you could create a contract for your child to motivate him for any other responsibility you want to encourage, as well.
Here's how this may play out in your home:
- Dad agrees to buy Junior a guinea pig.
- Junior agrees to feed the animal each day and clean the cage once a week without being told.
- Dad agrees not to nag Junior to take care of the pet.
- If Junior consistently takes care of the pet for one month, Dad will take him to the pet store to buy a special toy for the pet.
- If Junior consistently fails to take care of the pet, Dad reserves the right to give the guinea pig to a good home.
Download this pet-care contract to use with your child or as an example of the type of agreement you'd like to make with your child.
Read what other life skills and responsibilities your child can learn at his or her age and stage of development.
Copyright © 2013 by Christine Field. Used by permission. ThrivingFamily.com.
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