My children think I’m so mean.  I make them READ in the summer.  I know.  30 minutes a day, minimum.  Between Spongebob and neighborhood kids calling their name, it can be an uphill battle.  But, if I can just get their rear-ends sitting down with that book in their hand, I’ll often find them completely absorbed, loving it.  And, I love that.  I’m a big fan of reading and think it’s so great for their little minds (and mine!)  So, in an effort to motivate the little cuties and make reading extra exciting, I made a chart.  What??  Me, make a chart?  Crazy.  It’s not cute.  In fact, it’s as boring as can be.  I used to make cute stuff….oh, maybe 3 kids ago…and, really cute stuff about 5 kids ago.  Not anymore.  And, that’s okay.  Just don’t call me a geek-a-zoid for being a mommy-blogger and not putting a fancy Photoshop chart together for you to download and share on Pinterest.  Just know that I can.  (disclosure: can’t.)

Sometimes I motivate my kids with a fun date, other times it might be a ‘good job, dude.’  But, sometimes they just get excited about money.  If you’re thinking of emailing me and telling me that it’s inappropriate parenting, someone already did, and I’m pretty sure I said something really awesome/kind and she totally backed off.    So, all opinions aside, this is what we did, and it’s working…

It’s called, ‘I Love Me Some Ten Bucks.’  There it is, in all it’s glory, taped onto my kitchen cupboard.

As you can see, it’s numbered from 1 to 100.  I picked a number to keep secret in my mind.  Do you want me to tell  you??  It’s 76.  Shhhhhh….  Every time the kids read 50 pages in a book they get one guess as to the number I’m thinking of.  If they’re wrong, they just cross it off the chart.  If they’re right, they get the ten bucks.  Look at that 77!  Pretty dang close.

Anyway, this has been more than motivating for them.  It’s been fun!  And, the minute they finish this chart, we’ll be printing off another.  If you want to print off my ugly chart, here’s the link.  It’s even extra ugly because it wouldn’t use my cute font.  :)

Wanna hear what books my kids have been reading (and loving) this summer??  Stop by ‘Or so she says…‘ today, and I’ll tell you!