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Monday, January 5

Motivation

mo·ti·va·tion
noun
Definition:

1. giving of reason to act: the act of giving somebody a reason or incentive to do something
2. enthusiasm: a feeling of enthusiasm, interest, or commitment that makes somebody want to do something, or something that causes such a feeling
3. reason: a reason for doing something or behaving in a particular way
4. psychology forces determining behavior: the biological, emotional, cognitive, or social forces that activate and direct behavior

Let's just take a look at this word for a sec.
Number 2 - how appropriate a word
to ring in the new year of 2009 with.
With "things" being so shitty and all lately,
feeling enthusiastic toward making life better/happier/
more positive sounds good right about now.

But today I am talking about number 1
and number 3 here.
Check me out on this one.

As a parent, I am always looking for ways
to get my kids to

a. be nice to each other
b. shut off the lights in their rooms
c. turn off Playstation and Wii so it doesn't run
all night
d. clean up after themselves
e. speak respectfully
f. stop shooting the evil eye
e. put their swim bags/backpacks/lunchboxes
away
f. shower in their own stinking showers
g. etc etc etc

Pretty much be the perfect little angels I want them to be.
Motivate them somehow.

How do I think I can do that, that is different
than everything else I have tried?
Money.
Yup. Money.
Look-ey here:
How cute are my little dollar bills?
So here we have three envelops.
Hannah's Money.
Connor's Money.
The Bank - a.k.a. Mom and Dad's Money.

And all these cutesy little dollar bills. Which may in fact,
turn into REAL little dollar bills.
May, I said.

So here is the game plan.
The kids each get 20 fake dollars every Monday morning.
For each of the above infractions
(and the extended list that is in my brain),
they pay us a dollar.

I suspect that their 20 bucks is gone by tomorrow evening at the latest.

That being said, they have the opportunity to
also earn (back) money.
Good deeds will not go unnoticed here!!!!!!
After I pick myself up off the floor,
I will pay them 1 fake dollar for each
unsolicited and surprisingly unexpected
nice thing they say/do.......
Where may this all lead?
When my daughter wants "more black" in her hair,
or my son wants a new football because he only has 17 others...
They can turn in their fake money
for the real stuff.
And earn things.
What a friggin' concept, huh??
Maybe THIS will work.
Wish me luck.

8 comments:

LaAna said...

Ok - 2 things.
First, I am so waiting to hear if this works, so ya better give us an update!
Second, I'm sure you didn't photo copy REAL money and break the law - If so, can you email my a copy to use :) Ha Ha

Chris said...

good luck, sounds like fun.

Jerolyn said...

Good luck...we would do the same except mommy and daddys bank 'ain't got no dough to begin with REAL or FAKE~~hahah!

Let us know if it works for you though!

erica said...

Good luck...
I'm into threatening right now...I threaten to take away the pink laptop with the pink mouse and the pink sleeve! This will work for only so long...but it works nonetheless. Let me know how long the money thing works...maybe i'll try that after this runs out.

iVegasFamily said...

I can't wait to here how this turns out. It's a brilliant concept for sure.

carissa... brown eyed fox said...

you go girl!

i think it sounds AWESOME!
stick to your guns...
i so want to do it!

Kim said...

It's worth a shot!

Bill said...

we need to get the kids 1099's out in the mail...