This happened to me once. With the titanium or rodium or whatever-ium really really really strong tiny "Rare Earth" magnets that we use for crafts and things. My daughter put one on the television and the screen colors went crazy. My husband was like, "Oh yeah! Hello, new flat screen television!" Lucky for me and my fireplace that he wants to hang the imaginary new T.V. over, the screen went back to normal.
Anyway! Back to magnets and television and MY KIDS.
Remember how I one of the items on my "Mommy Brain" post was to restart the chore chart and something about too much T.V.-watching?
Well, today we implemented the "Magnets for Shows" program using our Melissa & Doug chore chart (from my mom). The bottom half is a white dry erase board. Now it is the "help around the house magnet collector". When they do one chore, they get one magnet. Four magnets = one 1/2 hour television show.
It worked great! First day, right? It takes a lot of patience and being "present" on my part. Which I think was a big part of the original problem. They would get home from school and I would still be packing boxes like a mad woman before my mailman arrived at 4:00 p.m. I was not present. I hated doing this to them and worked my hardest to be done by 2:00 p.m. every day (insert working mommy guilt here).
Today after school we went over the chart and they got to work! Before 3:30 p.m., we had their backpacks hung, shoes away, bookshelf organized, beds made, winter clothes out of drawers, recycling IN the bin (instead of on the counter) and THREE empty laundry baskets because the clothes were actually in their drawers. Whoa! (We even called Daddy to share the good news.)
I will take a photo of the chore charts in the morning. Each girl has her own (thanks, Mom!). We'll see how it goes tomorrow morning. I think I may allow one Saturday-morning freebie show. It is Saturday, after all! :)
Thanks for your comments and e-mails. It feels so great to hear from you - moms going through the same things as me. Aren't we just blessed? Yes, I have a rather large waiting list, but I don't want my kids to have to be on that waiting list. Family first!
There are three special girls who need our prayers - will you pray with me? Lord, we lift up: