On Sunday while flipping through the American Girl catalog with her bright blue marker and Christmas eyes, Elle yelped…
You’ve got to be kidding me!
Apparently American Girl now has a webkinz like feature where you invest–and I mean invest– in a doll that lives in the real world and also has a persona in cyber world on the American Girl campus.
Needless to say Elle couldn’t get this off of her mind or mine because I was haunted by
I just love it?
Can we buy one now?
How about now?
As a girl who babysat for an entire summer to buy her first pair of Guess zipper jeans, I decided to strike-up a deal…
You can earn your doll. But it’s not going to be easy. We’ll create a chart for chores and attitude. You can earn 10 cents per item with the ability to make 1 dollar a day. Are you up for it?
Never in my wildest dreams would I have guessed how “up for it”
she was/is. A-MAZ-ING! This little venture has turned my darling, yet not naturally gifted in the “What can I do to help you mom?” with a supernatural sense for what’s “not fair”, into the most helpful and pleasant child. A sunny disposition most welcome on what sometimes can feel like never-ending summer days.
And in her own words…
I think this will help me form better habits!
In a perfect world she would behave this way without any incentive but as her father reminded me…
This is Capitalism at it’s finest!
He calls it capitalism, I call it Beautiful with a capital B!
For our system it was important for her to learn:
1. How to work hard for something over a longer period of time– this is going to take everyday for about 3 months. Trust me she has enough immediate gratification in her everyday life.
2. The chores should be a balance of contributing to the household and personal growth
3. That she take personal responsibility for the chart and following through.
What have you found that helps you help your children to contribute to the home and have a good attitude while doing it?