Guest Post: Summer Incentive Program

We want to first thank Amy for letting us guest post for her while she enjoys her new baby and surroundings. 

We are the girls from {Junk in their Trunk}

Here we all are with our momma. She’s a saint. I mean she raised 9 kids. Can you tell who the sister in laws are? They kind of fit right in with the family don’t they.

Today we are sharing with you a fun Summer Incentive Program you can do with your children.  Since school ends soon for most of us, we thought this would be a great time to share with you this fun, little program. 

When my children were younger, there were 2 reasons why I hated summer!

No. 1—my kids got out of school and seemed to go into lazy mode—killing brain cells in front of the TV or flapping their mouths to tell me how bored they were.
No. 2—end of summer shopping for clothes and school supplies (which lists are exhaustive and kill my wallet).
What I finally came up with to solve these two gripes was this summer chart.

Since there was no getting out of Gripe No. 2—shopping—I decided to make my children earn it (instead of letting it be a right). They’d be paid to read all summer and do chores to develop their talents, but would become responsible for buying their own school supplies and clothes.
This solved my 2 biggest summer stresses. My kids became consumed with filling out their charts and started spending hours a day reading. Besides reading, I encourage and pay them to do other things: music practicing, scout goals, art/writing portfolios, book reports, & school workbooks. Whatever you need your children working on anyway, put it on a list so that they become responsible for earning $$$ for supplies/clothes.

Great things have come from using this incentive program. Besides giving my children something to do, they’ve learned a lot about budgeting and wants vs. needs. For example, my kids used to think they needed a new backpack each year. Now that they’re in charge of buying them, it’s amazing how their old backpacks have become good enough to use again for another year. My son’s backpack has been used for 3 years now and sadly, must be trashed this summer (he’s used it to death, I’m afraid).
This ‘earning’ power has made them a lot more budget conscious and responsible.
If your kids make poor choices and buy the expensive clothes or supplies, don’t bail them out. Let them learn from their choices so they feel ownership over their choices and grow in responsibility. Sometimes the hard love lessons teach kids the most (and being called a ‘mean mom’ is the best compliment you can get. Kids raised by mean moms turn out best).

What you basically need to do to make your own chart is to figure out what you’d spend normally on your budget for school supplies and clothes. Then work out that price into a chore/reading chart. If they really want the nice new clothes, then they’d better do their part to earn them by working hard all summer on their charts.

I am sharing my printable with you today. Just click and download and print off at home.
How easy is that!

My kids are all junior high age or older now, but still beg me for weeks before school ends to get the summer reading/chore chart printed out so they can be ready to start the minute school ends. It gives them a lot to focus and work on all summer!
We hope that you will be able to incorporate this fun program into your summer, and that it will eliminate the phrase, “I’m Bored” over the summer. 

Also if you are looking for fun teacher appreciation gift ideas click here to see some of the things we have done in the past. 

What a fantastic idea! I’m definitely using this when my kiddos are old enough

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Amy is the founder and owner of Peek-a-Boo Pattern shop. She is a wife and mother to 3 children. Amy loves to sew, read and spend time outdoors.

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    That was probably the most brilliant thing I’ve ever had the pleasure of reading! I will definitely remember this!

    I’d also like to add that we got paid for our grades, so we also wanted to work hard during the school year too! Perhaps grade money could be used for some fun activities during the summer!

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