Sheryl Isaacs is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist. She is currently working in Scotts Valley seeing clients in private practice.
Sheryl has worked with families and children that have experienced a wide range of issues including: anxiety, trauma, depression, autism, ADHD, developmental issues, behavioral issues, divorce,
bulimia, grief, communication and self esteem issues.
She provides parental coaching, child therapy, sibling counseling, family therapy, marriage counseling, and individual counseling.
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I settled for a quick improvised system using what I could find. I grabbed some raffle tickets and four little tubs to use as banks. I bought letter stickers to label the tubs and used a Mason jar I had at home.
I labeled the Mason jar with "Chore Tickets" and the tubs with each boy's name. Each ticket had the chore and price earned on the back. The boys were instructed to put each completed chore ticket in their bank. Very low tech! I had to make do with what I had. I was not impressed.
The funny thing is the boys loved it! They love pulling the tickets out of the jar and the element of surprise. They are not allowed to dig for higher priced chores, what you pull out is what you get. Some of the chores they were not fond of, but persevered. They even had the idea I should put a couple tickets in for "do a free chore." I recycle the tickets back onto the Mason Jar the next day. If they happen to pull a chore that does not need to be done, then they try their luck again.
Many times it is easy to forget how capable the children are. My four year old grandson is folding laundry, not just towels. By allowing children to do chores they are learning many lessons:
For me this was a great reminder that it is not about being elaborate. I struggle at times making things "bigger" and forget that simple is good. We just need a "good enough" system, not a perfect one. It is really about instilling those values that we want the kids to have.
I think I have enjoyed the system just as much, if not more than the kids. It is pretty rewarding seeing how proud the boys are of themselves for a job well done.