Thursday, November 01, 2007
The Family Room Fairy Gets Lucky
So the family room fairy saga continues. The family room fairy only motivated the kids to clean twice.
So tonight, I got a really great idea. It was time to go to bed and the family room was a mess. In the ideal world the kids would keep the room clean throughout the day. You know it's not a hard concept: get one toy out, put it away before you get another on out. Well, I guess that this concept is way too advanced for any child under eight. I have not been able to get any of my three trained in this theory. Although, if I had to choose one child who was the best at keeping things clean it would have to be Bella. She definitely seems to get the most satisfaction from cleaning.
Anyhow, on with my story. So, I can't get the kids to keep the room clean throughout the day and I refuse to try and get them to cooperate with me for longer than one hour a day...way too frustrating for me, not to mention the three little pigs. "This little piggie dumped out all the paints, this little piggie smashed cereal into the rug......etc, etc, all the way home."
Today the mess was really bad since the girls were home sick and we had Halloween yesterday and they had free reign on the Halloween candy all day. And if you were wondering, the sick was just diarrhea and so I didn't think that it warranted keeping their candy from them. Can you say, "candy wrappers everywhere."
So, tonight, my big idea...
Me: "Girls, I think that if you don't clean that mess up in the next ten minutes I will give some of your Halloween candy to the Family Room Fairy."
This great idea evolved. For every minute I had to spend cleaning after they utilized their ten minutes, the family room fairy would get 10 pieces of their candy.
So, as you can see from the pic. the family room fairy will be surprised tonight with 30 pieces of candy. I really spent 10 minutes cleaning. Look at the trash that I gathered, not to mention the rest of the things I had to clean. And, a lot of the trash was sucker sticks that I had to pry from the carpet.
I will kindly represent the children tonight and beg of the fairy to allow the children to earn their candy back tomorrow night...ingenious, huh?
It's too bad that Abigail has discovered my blog and loves to read it. Tonight she got a real chuckle with the fact that she knows that I am the family room fairy. I told her that she shouldn't be laughing because I can eat her candy a lot faster.
Happy Halloween Candy eating!