How do you motivate your children and teach them lifeskills at home?
Lifeskills is the subject every mother teaches their children. Whether you
know it or not they are watching. Just like my four year old who uses his
teeth to open the fruit roll up, they are watching.
When we travel on an airplane most of the times the agent
at the check in counter is sensitive to the fact that I am travelling
with six children and she will try to put us as close together as possible
but there are times that is not the case.
What is more likely to happen is that my four year and and my six year
old are next to me the other four chidren are spread out throughout the
Needless to say, they dont like this too much and there is not a lot I can do about it.
SO i checked out my frequent flyer points systems with my credit card companies and
the points that my husband racks up for business travel and I created a contest to
get everyone what they want !
I printed out a contest bulletin and handed it out to the
13 -12 -10 -8 year old and here is how it works
THE WINNER OF THE CONTEST WILL GET TO SIT IN FIRST CLASS (on frequent Flyer upgrade points ) ON OUR SPRING BREAK TRIP TO COLORADO FOR SKIING !
The contest allows a one way first class ticket. I might only need to upgrade one ticket and i can hand the boarding passes to my children for one way one child and one way a second child if only two children were to complete the tasks !
THE CONTEST was printed as a bulletin and handed out to everyone two weeks in advance of our trip and looks like this:
One first class seat to Colorado if you can learn the following Life Skills
*LAUNDRY Must have knowledge of how to wash whites and
darks and how to use the dryer
*DISHWASHER Loading and unloading and where the plates
and items get put away
*MAKE BREAKFAST completely for yourself (eggs,cereal, toast)
*MAKE BEDS Properly with tucked in sheets
*CAN USE THE SEWING MACHINE and Make a simple pillow
Right now the 8 year old is winning but there is still time left on the contest !