Just after giving up on Extreme Couponing, I stumble across simplemom.net and her child’s chore chart. Her FOUR AND A HALF YEAR OLD child’s chore chart. Hmmm, I have a four and a half year old, too… IS THIS A CHALLENGE?
Of course, it is.
And in my usual stroke of impulsive genius, I decide that we need to have a chore chart for my son RIGHT NOW.
I download her PreschoolerChoreChart.pdf and pull out the markers. (SimpleMom provides pictorial chore print outs as well, but I didn’t pass pasting in Kindergarten. Also, I don’t want my children feeding our nonexistent dog. And post-extreme-couponing, I’m still out of colored printer ink.)
The following morning, I explain the concept of chores, charts, stickers and, most importantly, allowance. Allowance actually means nothing to E until I explain that it will lead to the purchase of a video car racing game on my iPhone. (Oh, the sacrifices I make as a parent.) A video car iPhone racing game that he has attempted to negotiate a deal on for three weeks now.
I could literal see the light bulb over his head and dollar signs in his eyes when he did the math:
More Stickers = More Nickels = Car Racing
And he’s off and running. He begs to do all of our Sunday chores while I kick back thinking: I’M A PARENTING GURU!
In fact, we have to tell him to STOP doing so many chores. We remind him ten times that it’s okay to play on Sunday. Also, it’s okay to eat lunch, sweetie.
However, like anyone on the Internet with GURU attached to their name, things go downhill quickly. And by “things,” I mean “chores” and “doing.”
As of writing this, E is three nickels and zero long-term thinkings shy of a car racing video game. But he’s still enjoying Angry Birds very much.
Is there somewhere that I can trade in my guru status for a new title? Or a housekeeper?