Works For Me Wednesday

Joining Shannon of  Rocks In My Dryer for Works For Me Wednesday.  I have a tip for getting more help from the kids in the garden. We try to get out to the garden at least 2-3 times per week.  

It used to be that I’d tell kids to do half an hour.  But with some of the less motivated ones, much time would be wasted, and not much work would happen.  I discovered that goals not related to time were more effective. 

 For example, with older kids, I’ll say ‘as soon as you weed two rows of corn, you’re done.’ 

 For a younger one, I’ll hand them an empty ice cream bucket or a laundry soap bucket, and tell them they can quit weeding as soon as their bucket is full to the top.

Instead of teaching kids just to ‘do their time’, goals like these tend to motivate much harder work, and put kids in control of their own destiny.  The harder they work, the quicker they can move on to fun.

Works for me!

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  1. Good idea! Sometimes it is hard for the littler ones to understand the concept of thirty minutes and giving them something concrete to work towards really helps!

  2. Great idea. Some of my best childhood memories/lessons were weeding the garden, not the toys and trips to disneyland.

  3. I like the goal oriëntated approach. I often tell Munchkin she can do something she wants after she puts her shoes away and stacks all her books back on the shelf (just an example)
    An alloted amount of time would just confuse her I think.

  4. Great going, Mary! The weeding can seem endless even to me sometimes. With a set limit, the whole thing seems much less overwhelming. I love this system!

  5. That is sooo true. I think "tasks" rather than a time limit gives them more of a concrete idea of what they need to accomplish.

    Great tip.

  6. Great idea! Time to ditch the ole' timer.

  7. Excellent tip. Measurable goals.

  8. That is SO COOL! I'm going to try that today. I THINK I have enough buckets that I could give each boy their own, too. Pretty neat! 😉

  9. Great Idea! Maybe I can encorporate it into weekly chores!

  10. Great idea! My two younger girls (ages 2 and 1) LOVE working in the garden. Picking green beans and cucumbers are the favorites. HOWEVER, my boys (ages 8 and 6) don't find the gardening thing quite as entertaining. I have to beg for them to go out and weed, pick, etc … I will be using your idea TODAY to motivate them to get more involved in our garden.

    Thanks so much for the tip!

  11. What a wise tip for all aspects of mothering. including mothering myself.

  12. We just had garden weeding time, and the kids were so unmotivated. I will have to try that next time!

  13. It helps me, just to motivate myself that way, you know? Great idea!

  14. Great idea. My kids are always asking, "can I be done yet?" or "How much longer do I have to do this?" So I'm trying this.

  15. What a great idea! I'll be using this one in the future!