Mum reveals the simple way she gets her three kids under the age of eight to do chores around the house – and how she ‘pays’ them in reward tokens not cash
- A savvy mum has revealed her clever system for keeping her three kids in line
- The board keeps track of the various jobs and there are rewards to be earned
- Rather than paying, children can trade tokens for things they’d most like to do
- Mothers online say the idea is brilliant and one they want to implement at home
A savvy mum has revealed how a whiteboard from Kmart and buckets from IKEA have allowed her to create a system for getting her kids to help out around the home.
Shelley Kozyra, a mum-of-three from Sydney, recently took to Facebook to share a snap of her plan which functions as a reward scheme.
‘Full-time work and being mum to my beautiful three little ones Mr 7, Mr 5 and Miss 2 is busy and need all the help we can get,’ the woman captioned the post.
Each of children has their own bucket, and once these have been filled with a certain amount, their tokens can be traded for things they’d most like to do.
Shelley Kozyra’s bucket-filling system (pictured) offers her children rewards when they do chores or follow house rules
Her unique idea is based on principles outlined in books by American author Carol McCloud who is also known as the “Bucket Lady”.
The savvy mum’s idea is based on books by American author Carol McCloud
Ms McCloud’s books have been written as a way of helping children make creative choices known as ‘bucket fillers’.
‘Aim is to work towards a number of tokens (laminated happy faces) that they put in the buckets and trade-in for something they would really like,’ Shelley said.
‘When ready – [they can get] a special outing (movies, dinner etc) one-on-one time, stay up a bit later, screen time or an item from the shops.
What chores are the Kozyra children expected to do?
* Cleaning room and packing away toys
* Vacuuming, changing bin liners
* Helping in kitchen, dishwasher, floor, wiping cupboards
* Bathroom, wipe down toilet and sink
* Clothes, match socks, fold clothes and put away
* Play with dogs and clean the yard
‘Earning’ the tokens was simple enough, Shelley revealed. For example, following all ‘house rules’ daily resulted in one token.
‘Completing chores for the week (they do two every day and another two they choose each week,’ she said.
‘Reaching five stars in the YES chart (they do as they are asked the first time).’
The clever mum explained she’d created the system using a whiteboard from Kmart and buckets from IKEA, priced at $1.99 each.
The system encourages kids to help out as they can negotiate what kinds of rewards they’d like once they’ve accrued enough tokens (stock image)
As to be expected, Shelley’s novel idea has struck a chord with parents everywhere with many saying how keen they’d be to implement a similar system.
‘Dolphin thoughts, bucket filling, positive reward system and an organised house chart – teacher?,’ asked one.
‘Love this! I love how you put a visual to bucket-filling!’
While another added: ‘This is so thoughtful and cute! Great job, Mummy!’
A few were confused about the column marked dolphin-thoughts, which Shelley explained were simply a way of encouraging her children to think positively.