This weekend I made a commission board. Hobby Lobby helped significantly, of course, but it felt wonderful to give my children the freedom to choose work.
Many of our chores are just chores we do, but the tasks I chose for them are more optional. Cleaning a car, for example.
I feel like this helps us in two ways. First, it means the money is always THERE: they don’t have to wait for momma to have time to fumble through her purse. I’ll replenish the BOARD as I have time, not pay them as I have time. And second, they are instilled with the idea that working gets you paid. It doesn’t get you the promise of being paid, it gets you paid.
The effect it had was almost immediate. They picked up a task and did it! They couldn’t believe they got paid right away. Their immediate satisfaction was worth the 2 hour long trip to figure out what to use at Hobby Lobby. Ha! Anyone else get lost in that store?
P.S. Materials used:
Hobby Lobby chalkboard labels (cut to size) on
Hobby Lobby ready-made wall panel (clips and lower hooks already attached!).
Hobby Lobby craft buckets ($1.29 each) to hold the change.