I have struggled for many years to put the responsiblity for taking care of their rooms and their things and completing chores without my nagging on the children. This has not caused me to go in a prematurely gray kind of way, but I truly am surprised by that. I have researched many options from the fairly punitive to the touchy-feely sticker reward systems. Meh. Thanks to the magic of Pinterest, I came upon a very interesting option that combines completing a daily laundry list of chores with a cash reward at the end of each day...but with a twist. I even made a trip to Kinkos, or what used to be Kinkos, to have some specific chore pads created just to make it even a bit more foolproof. I sat all three down and gave them a tutorial on the new system. Always motivated by the almighty dollar, they were excited to see actual money there for the taking. "All you have to do is complete your list and get a stamp of approval and the money is yours." Their eyes lit up at the possibilities of what might come from that cash. It isn't as easy at it might seem...so we'll see what happens.
On a completely different note, I had a weird incident today. I'll admit, I am a car jammer. I love every bit of singing loud and proud to the songs on the radio. I was driving back home from a meeting when all of a sudden "Vehicle" by the Ides of March came on. If you are not familiar with this song, uh, shame on you. It is an excellent creepy stalker angry powerful sounding guy song. Great horn riff. One of my very favorites. I was jamming to "Vehicle" at the red light, singing every work with great enthusiasm and power when, well, have you ever had the feeling someone is staring at you? Well. One of Knoxville's finest was about to spew Weigel's coffee all over his dashboard while watching me. I smiled, nodded my head and drove the legal limit away once the light changed. Nice. Just know, that song is my jam. I can't help but dance.