Game the Grime Away!

 

By: Kelly Allard, staff writer

Editor’s note: We’re trying something new this week with a bit of an audience participation! Kelly will be monitoring the comments and responding. I’ll update the original article over time to include all of your awesome suggestions! Lets create an awesome tool for parents everywhere! – Stephen

Normally, I like to spend Mommy Monday telling you about all the cool things you can teach your kids or cool games you can play with them.  This week, I have a different agenda; I am looking for some help.

You see, we’ve reached the age with our little gamer that it’s about time we start to implement a formalized chore for rewards program with her, and we thought we’d apply it to us all!  So far, all I have come up with is categories, point scoring, and some ideas of end of the month prizes – but I don’t like what I have so far!

This is where you come in. I’m looking for ideas on how to make a game of chores! Do we make a giant Candy Land board and move spaces based on our daily/weekly points?  Do we level up as we hit “chore experience” levels?  Do we make progress on intricate maps with small “battle goals”? Do we build a giant life size Cootie that gains body parts as she makes her points?

I have so many ideas and I have no idea how many are even remotely feasible or useful for a pre-schooler!  So, I ask you, parents of older children: how do you get your kids (and yourself) motivated to do the activities that no one wants to do?

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