Take it to the Bank

On the weekends we like to try to go on out little adventures.

Typically we go out to breakfast on Saturday and then usually go to the museums, or out shopping or different events that are happening in our community.

Sometimes when we go out, Lily gets a case of the gimmies at the store.

She wants this toy and that DVD, etc. When we say no she just like every other three year old and is upset.

So after much deliberation, we decided to come up with a way that Lily could do different things to earn some money to purchase a special toy on the weekend.

Now before I get into the logistics of how this all works, I know that this could cause some controversy.

A lot of people are against children doing chores and think that they should be focusing on just their childhood and spending their time playing.

But, for our Lily, she loves to have little jobs to do. She loves to take her little Melissa & Doug cleaning set and pretend that she is cleaning. She would often help us by putting down the cats’ food and also put her clothes in the hamper.

So, it seemed for her, that giving her rewards based on helping around the house would make sense and it would also help her understand that “money” doesn’t grow on trees.

We will still buy her treats and little surprises, but now she feels like she is a real big girl when she picks out her special toy and uses her own money to pay for it.

But, this has to be based on your own child. Each child is different and this might not work for your child. You need to do what you feel is best.

Now, back to the logistics.

We looked around and decided to find her a piggy bank that couldn’t break because she would want to play with it.

We found this really cute Walt Disney World bank on Ebay that we picked up for a good deal.


Instead of doing actually money we came up with the idea to use play coins.

Since it was near St. Patrick’s day I was able to find packages of green and gold plastic coins that were big enough to not get lost but also fit through the slot of the bank.

We decided that the green coins would be $.50 and the gold ones would be $1.

She could get green coins for doing simple tasks like put the cat bowls down for meal times, putting her dirty clothes in the hamper and setting her table area for dinner.

The gold coins would be reserved for bigger jobs like making her bed, cleaning up the mess she makes from all of her toys and helping to fold simple laundry like socks and washcloths.


So far, it has been going well. She has been loving picking out her own stuff and using her own money to purchase her toys.


However, if she loses interest in doing it, we will stop doing it.


Owl Post at the Mousekatot House

Every night we read a picture book to our Mousekatot right before we go to bed as part of our bedtime routine.

Around April I started reading at least a chapter from a longer format book each night as Lily lays in bed with the lights off to try and get her sleepy. (A Kindle and/or book lights are great for this.) We read a bunch of different types of books like “The Secret Garden,” “Ramona the Pest” and “Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone.”

Lily loved Harry Potter and talked so much about it and his many adventures. (We might be having a Harry Potter themed birthday party this year. I won’t complain!)

Since Lily loved the book so much and I was looking for a way to get Lily to get excited about doing little chores around the house and to also try some new foods. We created a rewards chart that came from Harry Potter and if Lily filled up her reward chart with stars then Hedwig, Harry’s owl who took up residency in our house, would let Harry know and he would send a special gift to her from Hogwarts.

After receiving the chart, Lily worked toward filling up her chart by earning stars for cleaning up her toys when asked, helping to feed the cats, putting her dirty clothes in a hamper and trying to eat more fruit.

The time finally came and Lily had filled her chart. Hedwig flew to Hogwarts overnight and brought back a special package for Lily because she had completed her chart.

Owl Post

Lily was really excited to receive this special gift from Harry.

We love mystery toys

What Lily received was a Harry Potter blind box, where you don’t know which character you are going to get until you open the box. (Lily loves blind bags and blind boxes.)

We found a seller on eBay who was selling a complete tray of 12 boxes that we bought for a pretty good price and will dole out the boxes when she completes her charts or does something that is a pretty big accomplishment. (One day Hermonie borrowed Hedwig and sent a surprise to Lily through Hedwig because she finished reading the first Harry Potter book.)

Sorry the picture is so blurry. We were super excited to get Harry Potter.

So far this reward system has worked really well. She works toward getting the boxes and loves that Hedwig hangs around the house and can be a connection to Harry Potter.

When it comes time to really hit potty training hard and heavy we will probably do a similar type of system.


Speaking of winners, I wanted to announce:

Ann K. was the winner of the first every Mousekatots giveaway! Thank you to everyone who had entered and look for future giveaways. Congratulations to Ann!

Do you have any tips or tricks on how to keep your little ones motivated to help around the house? Leave your comments below!