marble reward system

We’ve been having a bit of trouble getting to school on time this year.

Actually, ONE of us (who shall remain nameless) has been having a bit of trouble getting READY for school, therefore making it impossible for everyone else to get to school, and other various destinations, on time.  It has been going on all year and I am at the end of my rope.

So, after various (unsuccessful) attempts at rewards and incentive programs to improve school dressing times, we have now come up with the marble system.

Each little person has a jar or box with their initial stuck on it.  Something clear is great so they can see their progress.

marble rewards

We have collectively agreed on ‘areas for improvement’ for each child, and we also have a special jar for Daddy who is working on improving some of his ‘words’ 😉

Rather than rewarding them for general good behaviour (which we do ways other than the marble reward system) we are remaining focussed on just one issue per child.  We are currently concentrating on improving;

–          Eating all my dinner

–          Getting dressed and ready for school in a timely manner

–          Turning off technology the first time I am asked

Each time one of these is achieved by the relevant child, they get a marble.  When they reach ten marbles they get a reward of their choice – for us that is a particular (small) toy or book they have been wanting, or $5 to save towards something bigger they would like.

It’s simple and achievable, meaning everyone can maintain interest, including me.  I have to admit, some previous reward systems have fallen by the wayside as I have not been committed to enforcing or maintaining them!  Sound familiar?

This one seems to be working. We’ve actually made it to school on time every day since we started it.  Hallelujah!


free printable reward charts

How divine are these free printable reward charts to help your little ones track of their stars?  Just had to share them with you.

You’ll find more whimsical printables for various occasions, including some beautiful Christmas gift tags, on this quirky and oh-so-fabulous site Arian Armstrong.

Hope you find them helpful! x

family bucket list

Here is a fab way to curb those “I’m bored” complaints from the kids and also to keep your own wishlist fresh in your mind.

Have everyone in your family list their wishes and dreams of places they’d like to go, things they’d like to do.

Pop each card into a jar or box and then randomly select.

You might want two jars – one with big picture dreams like “Visit Disneyland” and one with more readily achievable day to day goals like “Go to the Zoo” or “Eat Yum Cha”.

Another option is to have a jar for each family member and kids can select one of their cards as a reward for good behaviour.

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getting the chores done

We had a family meeting recently as we felt we needed to update the boys’ chore lists.  And when I say update I mean GIVE them a chore list.

Of course, we have always asked them to do basic jobs around the house but were pretty ‘flexible’ and, more often than not, I would end up doing the job to save time, my voice and my sanity!  Clearly this approach is not going to win me Mother or Disciplinarian of the Year, but there you have it.

So we sat the two biggest boys down at the table with this list.

We asked them to choose the jobs they wanted to do from their appropriate age group.  The theory is that because they have chosen the chores rather than been handed them they will take more ownership.  Stay tuned for those results!

We have also reintroduced reward charts (yes, we really did have them before) linked to their chosen chores.  We are only a couple of weeks into the new regime but it seems to be working.  Yay again!

We also love these cute ideas to help keep the little ones on track.

These Chore Chips will stick to your fridge to remind the little ones of the chores they need to complete. As each family is different, these chips are customisable and come with either a picture or a monetary value.

Or you could adapt them for use this way …

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Chore Sticks … move from one jar to the other once the chore is complete.  Kids love the visual aid.

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And how about this for a clever idea?

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Do your kids do chores?  How do you manage the whole crazy process?

every 12th punch wins a prize! huh?


If you are a regular coffee drinker who loves getting your 10th cup free, I’m betting you will love these terribly fabulous DIY Printable Chore Cards by My Sweet Swirls on Etsy (

Do your chores, get a punch (so to speak). Get 12 punches, get a surprise (which might be a big bubble bath, a book, favourite dinner, a toy – whatever ‘currency’ works for your kid).

They also have them for toddlers who stay in bed at bedtime or naptime! Now THAT’s good thinkin’ … I’ve just purchased some for my boys so stay tuned for an update.

NOTE: This is not a sponsored post (none of mine are!) – just sharing fab stuff I have found.