After mentioning the ticket system yesterday I realized I’d never actually mentioned it on the blog before. I’m sure I borrowed the idea from somewhere else but I’m not sure where now.
Basically we have a bucket with tickets – cut up cardstock the girls stamped with smiley faces. Christy is purple and Amy is blue.
Whenever they do something nice, say something nice, etc, they are given a ticket. It can be as simple as doing something without being asked or doing something for someone else. They can also earn tickets by doing physical games (like wii), reading, and extra jobs around the house.
The current job list is as follows :
One Ticket (daily jobs)
Sweep kitchen floor
Clean toilet (one toilet, one ticket)
Feed and water all animals (in morning)
Sweep outside front door
Sweep outside back door
Empty laundry basket (placing clothings in each bedroom)
Bring in clothes from clothes line/ fold & sort
Washing up any dishes in sink
Water pot plants and veggie garden (when required)
Two Tickets (weekly jobs)
Clean out car of rubbish/things that don’t belong
Any Time (tickets based on time)
Help prepare a meal or snack
They can then use their tickets to earn extra screen time. During school holidays there is no screen time (TV, computers, etc) between 9am and 5pm – unless they have tickets. One ticket is equal to 10mins TV.
The catch is that they lose tickets for bad behaviour, speaking back, not doing as they are asked, being mean to their sister, etc. Amy doesn’t lose many tickets but once Christy gets going she tends to lose quite a few in one go.
This system has definitely worked for my girls and I’m glad I found a way to limit screen time and encourage good behaviour at the same time.