As usual, A__ is two steps ahead of me. She greeted me shortly after waking up yesterday morning with this:
Mommy! Mommy! Guess what?!
What's up, kiddo?
I've earned my reward!
You've earned your ... ?
Still half-asleep, I follow her back to her room, where my attention is directed to a piece of paper she has taped up behind her door. At the top, in crayon, it reads, "Responsibility Chart." Chores are listed down the left margin, with boxes for the days of the week to the right of each. I have never seen this chart before.
Most of the boxes are empty, but "Put my clothes away" is checked off for each day last week. At the bottom of the chart, it clearly states that when one job is complete, she is to receive a reward.
See? Case closed.
Yes, I see. What are you giving yourself for a reward?
No, you are, silly! We're going to Target to buy me a toy!
And so I apologize in advance to all of her future employers. I can see it now ...
Hey, boss! Come see! I've earned my bonus!
Well, you've only worked here a week, and bonuses aren't given until you've been ...
But look! I've done everything on the chart I made. All week! Isn't this great?!
Actually, we do performance evaluations in ...
Look at the chart!
I'm afraid there's been ...
----. Right. I'll go get my checkbook.