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For Christmas this last year J got a Responsibility Chart, which we call a Reward Board. We felt that at almost 5 years old he could handle more responsibility, and he’s done really well. There are simple tasks that he has already done like brushing his teeth, getting himself dressed, but there are two tasks that he needs to work extra hard. No whining, and being a good listener are an almost moment by moment exercise and if at the end of the day he has all his stars up he gets an extra story at night, and if he has two full days in the week he get a toy from the toy box.
The toy box is a clear box that sits on top of our refrigerator, so he can see what he’s working for. The toys came from the dollar store, so I’m less worried about it breaking. He loves anything that glows in the dark, runs on wheels, and is a character he knows (like Wall-e). As he gets older the tasks will get harder, but I am so encouraged that I can say “J go work on your board” and he starts at the top.
L will get hers as soon as she can. She watches her brother like a hawk, so I know it won’t take long for her to figure out what she needs to do to get a present. Our biggest challenge this summer is potty training.