Today we celebrate my Mother’s birthday. I am so thankful to have her here. Three years ago she had a series of strokes & we weren’t sure if she was going to make it, or how her quality of life would be. Today, she is nearly normal-if there is that. She walks with a cane, has some hearing loss, but she is happy she gets to park in the closer spots. And thankfully today she remembered her disabled tag for my van. Why? Because we all got together, drove out to the mall & spent the morning together doing this….
Ever since the girls were big enough to pick up their things we have had some sort of reward/chore chart. When they were around three or so it was for stickers and gummies but as they got older the stakes went up as well. When Giggles was 5 I created a chart with all the household chores on it, and boxes for each day of the week next to the chore. She could chose whichever chore she wanted and when it was completed she would check off the box that would correspond with the chore and day. At the end of each week we would give her a dime for each check mark she had on her chart. (Yes I know we were working her like a little sweat shop worker, but she loved those dimes darn it!) She would save up her dimes in her “special place” I think it was a coffee pot in her kitchen set, but I can’t quite remember and she would never spend them. Most children get money and it burns a hole in their pocket, but not Giggles she will hold on to the cash for dear life. I remember when it was too many dimes to handle and I tried to change her out to bills. She flipped out on me thinking I was stealing her money.