7/12/10

Job Jars







Can I tell you how much I LOVE these jars?! My girl, Elizabeth, told me about this great idea and I knew it was one I could do! She saw it somewhere and passed the idea on to me, which I took and did my own thing with it. {'cause I'm a tweaker!} Each task is given a pom pom value - do that job and get that many pom pom puffy balls! Simple! My kids know that every day they're required to do their room and one other big task - the rest is up to them.

I don't follow through with actual job "charts" so this is good for me. They're great, but I'm more inclined to follow something like this rather than rotating a job chart. AND....this way my kids can come up with random things to do, knowing they'll be rewarded for even the little things.

So when they come to me and say, "I'm bored", they can refer to the chart on the fridge for something to do. When they say, "I wanna play the DS...I wanna pack of gum...I wanna play on the computer..." then it's going to cost them. They've quickly found that they really don't want to waste their puff balls since it was so hard to earn them. HA! That's the grand beauty of this idea!!!

29 comments:

Mommyto2 said...

great idea!

a little bit biased said...

Oh this is perfect! I was just talking to someone today about how to help my kids learn responsibility! Thank you!!! I think my kids will love this idea!

Alison said...

What a FUN idea!! Love this!

Chris said...

Great idea. I will file this away for when I get bored with our current method. :)

Beth said...

These are so fun! I use an idea like this for school with my daughter, it makes everything so much happier! Plus, I'd like to say how glad I am that you have your kids do chores! My daughter has a chore chart and she gets allowance if she does her chores, but she's always complaining that none of her friends have chores. It's good to know that others out there are also teaching their kids good values.

What I Did Today said...

Oh my gosh! This is such a great idea and makes me wish my kids were old enough to do this with! Wonder if the husband would play along....Hm. :)

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What I Did Today said...

Oops just realized I wasn't supposed to list my blog at the end. Oh well. What I said in my last post still stands. :) And I'm STILL working on the Advent Calendar you posted last Christmas. Hopefully it'll be done by this Christmas. :)

rebecca said...

THANK YOU !!!! This is exactly what I've been looking for and you made it so easy:) I LOVE YOU FOR POSTING THIS!!!!!

DeGooyer Family said...

Hi - what a super cool idea!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Scented Sweetpeas said...

What a fantastic idea, may have to steal it if you don't mind :-)

Lynaya said...

I love this idea! I don't do well with job charts either.

Amy said...

What a cute idea! I just gave you an award - you can find it here http://thingamajigetc.blogspot.com/

I'm definitely going to use this job jar idea!

Lindsey said...

So I know this family with the last name Ball, and I just discovered, they are actually part of the Ball Jar family! Crazy! I was a little bit impressed.

Honey said...

Oh...I'm SO bloglifting this!!! Super cool idea!!!

Honey

Tracy @ Barn Chicks said...

This is a great new idea. I love the puffy palls. More importantly, my girls love pom poms, so this will be very fun to implement. I want to use it as a reward system for extra work done outside the standard daily chores. They are visual, so this should be helpful for them. Thanks so much!

mike and elise said...

What a great idea!! I wish my kids were old enough to use it already! (2 and 6 mo.) I'll have to tuck it away into my mind for the future. LOVE IT!

ruthhill74 said...

I think I may have to try this. I struggle with keeping up with a weekly job chart. I think I may have to put this into practice. I may not use pom poms, but I'll see what I can do.

Valerie said...

Love this idea!! I am crossing my fingers that this works for me, too. I am filing this at the crafters file box. Tahnks for sharing!!

Marni said...

So cute!!! Any chance you have the chart in an editable format?

Abby said...

Darn it, Marni - I don't. I tried looking up ways to publish my chart online, too, so people could print them and re-design their own but I still have no idea how to do that.

Thanks everyone - love your input!!!

RecipeSister said...

Abby, maybe I could help you with getting an editable version to post. I'd love to "steal" your cute design. What did you create it in?

Abby said...

Oh, I would LOVE THAT! I created the document in Photoshop Elements. Let me know!

Jodi said...

This is a great system. I use one similar but with floral marbles. Each marble is worth 10 cents and when their jars are full they can cash them in. I plan to open bank accounts for them the next time the jars are full.

Jessica said...

I LOVE this idea!! I'm going to start using this (I'm a tweaker too) with my boys 7&4) It will work great for them! I like being able to add extra jobs on that they can do when they want to earn more "money."

Michelle@Somedaycrafts said...

I featured this today at somedaycrafts.blogspot.com. I think this is a wonderful idea!

Gremma said...

What a good idea! It almost makes me wish I had kids that were young again! (But not really...still a great idea, tho!)

Kristin said...

What an awesome, awesome idea! Gotta tweak this a little myself to use with my girls (6 and 2). Thanks for sharing!

The Payne Family said...

I LOVE this idea. I tweaked it for my daughter. Thanks!

Rissa @ Hazel and Honeysuckle said...

What a fantastic idea! I'd love to see this adapted to use in a classroom too, I think it could be awesome!