We have recently started having a ‘Kid of the Day’ everyday at our house, and it has been wonderful. I first read about the idea over at Creekside Learning. We’d been having so many squabbles, the worst one was who would let the dog out of the crate when we returned home. We could never remember who did it last or whose turn it was and someone would inevitably have a meltdown. Kid of the Day sounded perfect. I grabbed a calendar and wrote an initial for each day. We decided to make it consistent to start with, we can always change it up later. But we’ll probably keep it this way, the consistency makes it easy to remember whose day it is.
- Ladybug- Monday, Thursday
- Jitterbug- Tuesday, Friday
- Skeeterbug- Wednesday, Saturday
- Sundays are for Mama and Dada!
Kid of the Day gets to:
- Let the dog out of the crate when we return home
- Choose the park if we go that day
- Go with us to the store if we need to run an errand
- Choose the movie if we watch one
- Say bedtime prayers (it was getting quite tedious and repetitive for us all to pray out loud every night before bed)
- Choose the colour plate they want at snacktime (it’s the smallest things, isn’t it?)
- Control the Wii (Ladybug excepted, we just help her feel like she’s doing it)
- Get their vitamins first (again, the smallest things!)
- Feed the dog at night
- Many other very small & seemingly unimportant things (yet so important to them) that kids fight over every day!
This is working so wonderfully and the kids often work things out themselves. It’s very important to them. Have I mentioned that I am an only child? I’m not used to sibling squabbles!