We have one child who is particularly lazy.
It isn't that he/she can't work ~ when motivated by reward, this child is amazing,
but when there is no reward, it is like p u l l i n g teeth.
I, personally, am not a big fan of reward based systems.
Plus, I don't want to have to keep up with one.
(perhaps I am lazy myself?)
I just think when you're supposed to work, you work.
I can't tell you how I had to force myself to work when I was sick.
I really had decided that I must be the laziest person on the planet,
until Dr Baker changed up my prescription for my hormone cream.
(which still isn't quite right - but I'm going back soon to remedy that)
I took the first dose on my new cream on my birthday last year
(that's how I remember the date - it was my birthday :-)
and for the first time in years
I wanted to clean.
I wanted to clean ALL THE THINGS.
I wasn't lazy.
I was sick.
But we weren't talking about me,
we were talking about lazy children...
(In googling how to overcome laziness in children,
I came across the following (stupid - and just plain wrong) quote.
The foremost cause is that a child develops laziness through her/his parents by way of observing them in its childhood.
Constantly viewing TV either by a child or an adult develops laziness in the concerned person.
'Cause ya'll know - we watch so much TV around here.
And why one child is afflicted, but not the others...)
In talking about this with Tyler the other day,
whining telling him that I didn't want to have to do a rewards system
(even though I've had the sneaking suspicion for awhile now that this child would respond well to it)
Because the real world doesn't work that way, I reasoned.
But then I realized,
actually, it does.
You are paid for work.
You get to keep your job and continue to be paid for work, if you do well.
You lose your job if you don't.
Darn it! The world is based on reward systems.
Now, what reward system to use?
Help a girl out? What do you suggest?
(Keep in mind that we have a tiny house, very little wall space, and lots of kids)