Each morning we have our “high five.” To get a high five you have to accomplish your 5 things before 8 am.
1. Make bed
2. Brush Hair
3. Get Dressed
4. Feed Animals
5. Morning Job
Morning Jobs are an assigned job that helps the family such as:
- make orange juice/smoothie
- take out the trash
- take out the ashes
- take the scraps to the chickens
- empty the dishwasher
If the child gets their high five they also can add a point to their tally otherwise they lose a point. They must get their jobs done before they can eat breakfast. Based on the Bible verse:
2 Thessalonians 3:10
For even when we were with you, we would give you this command:
If anyone is not willing to work, let him not eat.
We have found this combination of incentive and natural consequences has made an effective enough motivation for getting the work done. It sometimes does take longer than it should but at least their is a goal and set consequences for not achieving it. And we have a lot less fights over what they should be doing. This has been a win win situation for us all!