Motivating Children – Getting Organized

Getting Organized:
In your home and homeschool
How do you motivate your children to help you around the house and do their school work without complaint?
Using a reward system is the best way I have found to motivate my children to help around the house. Rewards are based on the children’s favorite activities. If my children do their dailiy routines and their school work without complaint, I do something fun with them. They love playing games, fishing, and going to the sporting goods section at the store.

They are not paid for doing their routines or cleaning up behind themselves, but I do pay them for doing things above and beyond their list.

You know your children better than anyone. You can pick rewards that they appreciate without adding clutter to your home or spending a lot of money. Children often want just uninterrupted time with us. My children look forward to the 30 to 45 minutes I spend with them at night playing a game with them. They realize that I work, and I have to get my work done before I play. They know that I expect the same from them.
When it is time to detail clean in the Living Room, I let my boys clean out the sofa and chairs. They call this Treasure Hunting. They never know what they will find!
My children are not naturally organized or neat and tidy. Well, one of them is born-ogranized, but the rest are like you and me. Developing their routines and picking up behind themselves keeps my house from falling into chaos.
We use The FlyLady’s Homeschool Student Control Journal to help them develop their routines and take care of their bedrooms.
Your Zone Mission today is to detail dust the living room and vacuum under the furniture.

Your Home Blessing for today is to dust and vacuum.

My menu plan for Tuesday is cheeseburger bake and a salad.
Have a wonderful day!
If you need more help with organizing your home and homeschool, you can download  The FlyLady’s Homeschool Teacher and Homeschool Student Control Journals for free.

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About Tami

Tami Fox is a homeschool mom of 6, who in age from 26 to 11. She and her husband have homeschooled for 17 years and have graduated three of their children from their homeschool. They are currently homeschooling 3 boys who are in grades 11, 9, and 6. They use hands-on learning and unit studies to ignite the fire of learning in their children. Tami is a homeschool author and conference speaker. You can contact her by email at Buy her book, Giving Your Children Wings at

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