Have a New Kid by Friday: How to Change Your Child's Attitude, Behavior & Character in 5 Days: Dr. Kevin, Leman: Books
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Really enjoyed this book. I had not been giving my kids (elementary school age) an allowance. I figured they just had chores to do and they should do them. However, I would end up spending money on them at the store for things they wanted that I didn't necessarily want to buy them. I started out giving them each $2.50/wk. I then assigned a small dollar value to each chore (.5c / day for giving the dogs water; .25c/week for picking up the doggy poo, etc). I do not remind them to do their chores. If they do not do them, I do it and just deduct it off their allowance. They certainly are paying better attention to what they need to do. I have everything listed on a Chore Chart with the value for each thing. If one child does the chore for the other ... I give the other the money for it, as if "paying" them to do it for them. So far it's working. A lot of great advice in the book about respecting your parents too. This was a great read. Kudos to Dr. Leman.