A few weeks ago, I took a trip to my front door, and guess what I found on the front step?
A chore accountability system for our kids, from the company 102030Go.
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102030Go is a positive parenting program that provides moms and dads tools to be Christian parents, helping us to keep our kids accountable to their chores, reading, and time with God.
The way it works is: kids have 10 minutes of prayer, 20 minutes of reading time, and 30 minutes of chores each day (hence, 102030).
I was elated to go through the material and try it out with my kids. So over the next few weeks we set out to put the system into use.
I immediately set out to peel the chore charts to my wall and set up the system for my kids. I love all the different parts of this system that help parents to pull it all together.
So I set up my wall like this:
The first part of the system is the 10 minutes of prayer and meditation each day. On the prayer board, I write my kids’ prayer requests if they have any special requests. I like that prayer is included in this chores system (most chore systems don’t include this important aspect of our lives). I think it really helps with developing a habit of conscientious time with God. Our kids start to learn how important it is because it becomes habit and immediate. One con I have, however, is the proposed 10 minute time limit. In our home I prefer to leave prayer and reflection out in the open to last as long as needed. After all, prayer is a personal thing…but I do understand the intent the publishers have here, and the goal is to have our kids recognizing the importance of a daily prayer life. Some prayer time is better than none at all. And it’s the habit that counts. Kids are also given accountability cards (shown below).
These “Go” cards are also pretty cool. On the front your kids have their responsibilities waiting for signature from mom or dad, and on the back are words with a value or virtue (like “Adversity”) and a scripture to go along with it. I just asked my kids how it relates to their lives that week. It serves as good food for thought.
The second part of the system is 20 minutes of reading each day. Reading is BIG in our home, and I think if we could bring home half the contents of our public library each week, we would. So that said, this part of the system was probably the easiest for us. But it’s good to know that if your child won’t touch a book with a 1o foot pole, that maybe this system would be a great incentive for him.
Just reading a little bit here and there adds up to the 20 minutes needed- and that includes their bible, magazines, or even some internet sources. Just have your child let you know once they’ve completed their minutes and you sign off “reading” on that second row of the Go card shown above. This goes by fairly quickly for us since reading is a big part of our homeschool. If I could change anything about this part of the system, it would again be the time suggestion of 20 minutes…but again, each family situation is different. If getting your children to read is not easy then the 20 minute suggestion might suit you just fine. For our family, though, reading doesn’t feel like something that we need to have on our card checklist. However…chores are a different story…
The third part of the system is 30 minutes of responsibilities and chores each day. This is probably the bulk of the system and it’s where I get to use those handy sticky sheets! (I had fun sticking them under each child’s name on the chart!) I think this is my favorite part of the system overall, and I like the different options on those those green peel-off stickers (like “clean your closet”, “clean the fish tank”, or “pick up toys in the yard”).
The way the system works is your kids understand that before they can go to that slumber party at their friend’s house, or take a trip to the mall, they’ll need to have completed all of their chores assigned for the week– and have a parent’s (your) signature first. It’s a really big incentive!
Typically it takes my kids longer than 30 minutes to complete their chores…and that’s expected (especially if you’re assigning quite a few per kid). I think the 30 minutes is a guideline to help us parents think about creating habit within our kids.
Since my kids are younger and we do a lot as a family (my kiddos usually don’t go out without me or a trusted family friend), I had to find other incentives to meet them at their stage. For my 4 year old it’s a trip to the Dollar Store each week when her chores are complete. For my 10 year old, it’s a trip to MYO for frozen yogurt or extra money.
If the cards are not complete, natural consequences take precedence over my nagging and I like that a-lot!
So…what are your thoughts about this system? Would you try it?
I received this product free of charge in exchange for an honest review- either positive or negative. I was not paid for this review, nor asked to give a positive review of this product. All opinions are mine and are honest. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255.
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***Update: And the winner is…Sharia J. Congratulations!***