Galations 5:22

But the fruit of the spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness,
faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control.

Galations 5:22

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Tuesday, July 20, 2010

Don't Lose Your Marbles!

First, let me say, my precious boys, four & six, are much better children than I deserve.
With that disclaimer out of the way, I needed an easy way to "keep up" with the positive reinforcement.
Also, I really didn't care for the "nagging" mommy I was becoming.
Well, to my delight, I found a possible solution in the June/July 2010 issue of Family Fun magazine.
A wise mother of 5 children came up with the idea of marble jars.
Each task/chore the children completed was assigned a number of marbles.  Easy tasks are worth 1 marble, more difficult or time consuming tasks are worth 2 - 4 marbles.
As tasks are completed, the children add marbles to their jar.  Once their jar is full, they can receive a special treat.  Ours treats are a date w/mom or dad, a book,  or an hour of Wii/computer/tv time.
So far so good...I'll let you know how this works out for us.

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Heather said...

Cute idea! I'll have to try it when my little ones are older. :)

Ashley said...

Such a good idea! I just wrote in one of my posts that I was losing my marbles! Ha! I will have to try something like this before I actually DO lose my marbles!

Stef Thacker said...

This such a great idea! I love how you decorated them also! I'm definitely going to use this with my kids when they get older! thanks for sharing!

Cecily said...

So practical and so pretty... the jars look great. Hope it works for the kids!

CK said...

Oh my goodness what a good idea!!! I wanna do this with my son! If only I could think of something other than marbles (choking hazards for the one year old). Maybe cotton balls?

Life in Rehab said...

Great idea, Jami, and I love how cute the little cards are!

Candace @ Candace Creations said...

Great idea! I've been thinking about trying something like that! btw- just found you through texas blogging gals

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Thanks for joining us for another great Anything Related! ~Bridgette

Tina@HickoryDickoryHome said...

I LOVE LOVE LOVE this idea! Those jars are just so darn cute!! :)

Marble Floor Polishing said...

Great and a sweet idea! Thanks for sharing the post!

Marble Floor Polishing said...

Great and a sweet idea! Thanks for sharing the post!

kristy.lynn @ kristy.makes said...

(found this through the linkwithin, which is why i'm commenting so long after you posted)

i feel like this is exactly what i needed to see right now. i'm feeling not overwhelmed, but taken advantage of in the fact that now that my attentions are split between two children, my oldest sometimes takes advantage & doesn't do what i ask him to the first time. i can't stay on top of him like i used to, & i need something to encourage him FOR me.

thanks for sharing. i think i'll be working on something like this today! i'll be sure to share if i do! :)

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