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Family Genie meets iPhone

October 24th, 2013 at 04:14 pm

It's working! The family genie has had a magical effect in the first week. What a change: About 2 weeks ago the daughter argued hotly (not for the first time by a long shot), 'my job is NOT to vacuum the steps!!!' and yesterday I got a BEFORE:AFTER photo text while I was at work. Of the newly vacuumed steps!! The best part? I wasn't even home! SWEET!

Other amazing fun moments: My son making a dinner salad for me (and my husband). Standing there chopping the veges, getting a little creative adding cut apples, putting in the fridge to keep cold until we were ready. A couple days later he was heard REQUESTING to cook dinner for the family! Wowza.

How did this happen? We changed the program from starting with a monthly allowance (and making deductions for failures) to starting with zero and each person earning $1 or 50c for household chores.

The chart is on the pantry, the jobs and value are shown. The only one allowed to fill in the person's earnings is Dad. But here's how we solve the issue of proof who did what since he is always not present when things get done:

'Take a picture of yourself/the job when in progress to show Dad'

aka -- Family Genie meet iPhone iPod

It's gotten a little competitive, we are trying to get jobs done before the another gets to it and grabs the cash! There is an element of potentially high earnings (more than $20 a month) which adds to the motivation.

I am smiling, a minor miracle with 2 teens.

Another thing to smile about, I am getting rave reviews on the Gold Drop earrings. Remember the lousy phone pic I put on a previous post? Here is what they REALLY look like.

Tulip Swan Harp Earrings



These are going to a shop tomorrow, I hope they get snapped up at $35.

(no I will NOT put the lousy picture again for comparison, it was so terrible)

Am thinking to make a pair for a gift this Christmas to a person I usually give something but who is hard to shop for.

Thx for reading! And long live the family genie!

8 Responses to “Family Genie meets iPhone”

  1. creditcardfree Says:

    Glad to know this works! My oldest would probably go for, but concerned the 13 year isn't motivated by cash. Might be worth a try though!!

  2. pretty cheap jewelry Says:

    CCF you just described my daughter: 13 yo and not motivated by money (as much as typical). It's working even on her!

  3. snafu Says:

    Wonderful to find a system that works for teens. We used money and privileges added or deleted along with bribes. Fast forward to university house share and the life skill lessons are valued since roomies haven't a clue about laundry, meals, or how to fix things. DSs got bonuses at the end of summer jobs for being able to priorize, manage and work without major supervision. They took us to an event as reward now that we've 'graduated' as parents. Isn't that a hoot?

  4. pretty cheap jewelry Says:

    One of my Ultimate Goals is that my kids will be better roommates! I hope they do not get grouchy at others they get stuck with though.

    Am going to steal this parenting graduation reward idea! and drop hints if I remember about it in a few years!

  5. PNW Mom Says:

    Glad to hear you have found a solution that works for you and your family! Smile

  6. LuckyRobin Says:

    If you make those exact same earrings with red or dark blue beads, I will buy a pair from your etsy shop for my daughter for Christmas. She loves the silver and the design, but does not like the yellow beads. Let me know if that is possible. I think you still have my email from the last purchase...starts lckrobin.

  7. pretty cheap jewelry Says:

    OK, LR I have the briolette in red the accent crystals also in red but the accents are about a mm or two smaller than the gold.

    A duplicate pair would be 99% similar, being freehand though exact is impossible. Here's what I propose, in about a week I will make and send you photos of a red pair before they go for sale and you can accept or decline. Yes, I have the contact info on file.

    Thanks so much for the business!!!

  8. LuckyRobin Says:

    Well, as close as you can get it. I know they are by nature one of a kind. Big Grin

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