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Now they are earning house points for Gryffindor by completing morning chores and helping out around the house. When we get to 25 points each a week they are awarded the house cup. One week the prize was an A to Z Mysteries book. The next week was a movie night with my husband's wonderful homemade popcorn. After a great job cleaning up in the morning, I surprised them by inviting a friend over.
One morning at breakfast we had a "family meeting." I got out a pad of paper and wrote What can ____________ do to help? We had a discussion of what they were old enough to do around the house. Including them makes it more fun than always having me tell them what to do. They suggested simple chores like feeding the dog, emptying the dryer, cleaning up toys, hanging up a towel, putting away the toothpaste, cleaning up the craft table and UNDER the craft table. Now if they are looking forward to a family game night or a small prize they ask us, "What can I do to help?" In their minds it means, "What can I do to get a point or prize?" but I will take it. I have pointed out that when they wipe the table or clean up toys their Dad and I have more time to take a walk, play a game or take them to the park.