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Daddy Dollars

Recently my husband and I decided that something had to change about our morning routine.  We felt like we were constantly nagging the kids to get their clothes, eat their breakfast, do their chores, etc.  We were tired of punishing them and wanted to motivate them in a positive way.  I remembered reading an article about a Mom who used “Dad Dollars” to motivate her children to do all the steps in their morning routine on time. So we laid in bed and brainstormed what to do.  We decided to let the natural consequences be the teachers rather than us being the naggers.  The next morning, we talked to the kids and they were totally excited about earning “Dad Dollars.”  They especially thought it was hilarious that their Daddy’s picture was on the dollar bill.

Here’s our plan:  Every morning each kid will get a clipboard with a checklist (I love checklists!) of tasks to complete.  If they complete all the tasks on their list by 7:55 am, they can go pick up 3 “Dad Dollars” that will be waiting for them on the countertop.   However, those Dad Dollars will disappear every morning at 7:55 (without verbal warning).  With their Dad Dollars, they can earn fun rewards redeemable at the “Mommy Mart” including extra screen time, free chore passes, stay up 30 mins. late passes, ice cream for the family, etc. This had made for less stressful mornings for us.  Yay for creative solutions!
To make your own free Daddy Dollars, go to www.festisite.com/money
WHAT DO YOU DO TO MOTIVATE YOUR CHILDREN TO DO THEIR MORNING ROUTINE?

About Kelli


Kelli France is a busy woman! Her degree in Elementary Education comes into play as a mother of three, children's photographer, and online mentor to photographers. She loves what she does because it gives her a creative outlet. Kelli also likes to read (including lots of parenting books!), rock her aerobics class, and enjoy weekly date nights (for her personal sanity) with her husband. She currently resides in Colorado Springs.

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  • http://www.andrewbrittney.blogspot.com Brittney

    LOVE this idea!!!! How can I remember this one for a few years down the road when our baby-in-utero is big enough for this?? :) Thanks for sharing. I hope this nugget is lucky enough to get lodged somewhere in the weak recesses of pregnancy brain.

  • http://www.wonderwomanwannabe.com heidi @ wonder woman wannabe

    I LOVE it! I’ve grown so weary of ‘consequences’ for not getting things done all the time – this is just the ticket to offer some positive re-inforcement/motivation!

    I’ll be linking to this post for my next weeks link love line-up!

    Thanks!
    ~h

  • http://www.amyparsonsphotography.com Amy Parsons

    Kelli, I started “Daddy Dollars” after reading your post. I must say it\’s worked like a charm. I have 4 children, 3 of which are of age for this and they wake up every morning ready to earn their dollars. They too love to see Dads face on the buck and their jars are filling up so they can earn their first slumber party.

    I also started giving $2 for each 100% on tests!!!! They ran home yesterday off the bus telling me about their perfect scores and wanting to get their hands on their new “Daddy Dollars” Thanks so much!!!

  • http://www.amyparsonsphotography.com Amy Parsons

    Kelli, I started “Daddy Dollars” after reading your post. I must say it’s worked like a charm. I have 4 children, 3 of which are of age for this and they wake up every morning ready to earn their dollars. They too love to see Dads face on the buck and their jars are filling up so they can earn their first slumber party.

    I also started giving $2 for each 100% on tests!!!! They ran home yesterday off the bus telling me about their perfect scores and wanting to get their hands on their new “Daddy Dollars” Thanks so much!!!

  • http://www.vlvphotography.com Victoria

    I have a kindergartner and this came at the perfect time. Can’t wait to give it a try-thanks for sharing this idea :)

  • http://greenwatermelonphoto.blogspot.com/ Teresa

    Thank you!! I love this idea..I\’m off to make some dad dollars right now!

  • http://greenwatermelonphoto.blogspot.com/ Teresa

    Thank you!! I love this idea..I’m off to make some dad dollars right now!

  • melissa

    what a fabulous idea! we might have to try this one.

  • http://www.kristendukephotography.com Kristen Duke

    I am desperate for a new idea, and have done something similar, but I think I will go for this one. Ours will be an afternoon routine, no jobs in the morning for us. I love the no nagging/disappear at a certain time idea.
    Kristen

  • http://www.mommygoesgreen.com Tiffany

    We don’t have children old enough to go to school yet so the morning isn’t a problem but getting ready for bed is. I’d love to modify this for the evening! Thanks for the great suggestion.

  • http://cherylblackwell.blogspot.com Cheryl

    We did the same thing except put a pic of each child so they earned their own dollars. We were worried the 4 year old would leave his laying around….. It has worked out for us but has grown old. I need to reinvent the wheel. We used rewards like trips to the dollars store and having friends sleep over. The biggest incentive for my 10 year old is to trade 5 for $1. a We also use a morning and evening chart.

  • http://www.stephaniewindphotography.com Stephanie Wind

    what a fantastic idea! how old are your children?

  • http://www.parismillerphoto.com Tammy

    I don’t have kids yet, but do you think it would work on my husband? Wife Dollars! haha! I have to practially drag him out of the bed in the mornings or start the shower & tell him the hot water will run out if he doesn’t get up & get in. We car pool so I need him to be ready on time. :)

  • http://www.503photography.com Jessica

    I LOVE this! My favorite part is that the rewards are super fun. Smart thinking!

  • http://www.heatherowensphotography.com Heather Owens

    Love this idea, Kelli! Thanks for sharing . . . I will soon implement this in my house.