Tuesday, March 16, 2010

Daddy Dollar Incentive Program: A Winner At Our House!

I am always looking for new ways to motivate our kids to be consistent having a good attitude, doing their chores, paying attention during school time, and more. I have tried several different incentive programs over the years including the Behavior Ladder that worked really well for almost a year. You can see from the picture that each child had a button that we moved up and down the ladder depending on their behavior. This would determine what privileges they were rewarded. Sadly, I was the one that was less than consistent using it and it ended up becoming less than motivating. It also ended up being a punishment rather than a reward, which as you know doesn't motivate well.

For the past few months, we've been using a new incentive program that is working fabulously and both the kids and Jeremy and I are rewarded! I read an article last year in Family Fun Magazine about a family that used a Daddy Dollar system and I was curious as to how that would work in our household. Much like an allowance, the Daddy Dollar system is used to reward for good behavior and chores. Our kiddos earn one Daddy Dollar every morning for waking up with a good attitude, and eating breakfast and doing their morning chore in a timely manner. They also earn Daddy Dollars for doing extra chores throughout the day, good grades on tests and quizzes, paying extra attention during school time, and any time I feel that they have gone the second mile. On the flip side, they can also lose Daddy Dollars for bad behavior, and having a bad attitude.

What makes these Daddy Dollars so special? Why, they have Jeremy's face on them! The kids keep their Daddy Dollars in a special Daddy Dollar Wallet that the kids and I created together. They are able to cash their Daddy Dollars in for toys, treats, pizza, bedtime movies and popcorn, etc. We allowed the kids to come up with a list of things that they would like to be able to buy with their Daddy Dollars. Then Jeremy and I edited the list and applied price tags to all the items. Some of things are not material, like a day at the zoo, and outings like that. We have adapted the program so that it works well for our family. For instance, weekends tend to be busy and we don't always have time to stick to the structured schedule we follow most days of the week. Therefore, we don't award Daddy Dollars during the weekends.

The kids have been trying harder to consistently have a good attitude and it's showing! (That's the part where we are rewarded!) They are constantly counting and recounting their Daddy Dollars to see what they might be able to buy, and I've been surprised at how good they've been at saving them. This little incentive program has also been a teaching opportunity. How to handle, save, and count money are must-have skills that this program encourages.

You can create your own Daddy Dollars online HERE. This site also has several other bills from several different countries to choose from. You just upload a photo, download and save the bill. Then print to your heart's delight. I put several on a page in a Word document to save on paper. Works like magic at our house!!



MoonNStarMommy said...

Always a great idea - we are going to do something like this after we move