Do you have trouble getting your kids to hear you??? It seems like I ask them to do things, they may even acknowledge that I've spoken to them and then nothing happens. I think I figured out a way to get their attention. I'm sharing my emoji chore helper in case this might work in your household too.This post is written in partnership with Netflix. As part of their #StreamTeam I share about my love for their service and shows every month.
My kids are pretty good kids but there are two areas where they drive me nuts: cleaning up after themselves and actually going in to their rooms at bed time. I have to tell them at least 1300 times to do something, threaten consequences and finally lose my sh*t before I can get them to do these things. Like last night. My little must have gotten out of bed 15 times for various reasons before finally staying in his room. My oldest on the other hand kept coming to the couch to talk to his father and I. I was trying to be polite. He'd finish a sentence and I'd say, “Ok, time for bed.” And then he'd start another story. Until finally I shouted, in a way that resembled the way a cork pops out of a champagne bottle, “OMG! I'M DONE WITH THIS! GO TO BED!” He quickly retreated. And my husband just stared at me. My kids share a bathroom, the one that just happens to be the one that guests would use when they come over. I've shown them time and time again how to rinse their toothpaste out of the sink, how to clean the mirrors and put their stuff away. But to no avail. They just don't see it as messy or dirty (my husband is much the same way so I think this is genetic – he doesn't think to do a dish unless I specifically ask him to do them).
So I thought for a minute about what might be a good way to prompt the kids when they need to clean something up. Emojis! What kid doesn't love emojis! I decided that a thumbs up/thumbs down situation was a great way to clearly tell them if something needed attention. This emoji chore helper is simple and straight to the point. And does not require me to raise my voice! I picked up this cute succulent and planter from Trader Joe's and it was only a few bucks. I simply found printable vector images of emojis and printed them out on paper. I cut the emojis out and used double-sided tape to stick them on. I had considered making this a decoupage project but ain't nobody got time for that.If the kids see a thumbs down on the planter, they know it's time to clean up. My head literally can't comprehend why they don't see big globs of toothpaste in the sink, but they just don't! My youngest can't really reach the mirrors so that will be something my older son will have to do but they can both certainly put away the items that they've left out. When they are done, we can turn the planter around again and all is right with the world. Thumbs up, boys. Job well done. This emoji chore helper is my new favorite piece of home decor. I might make one for the front room as well. Shoot, I may make one for every room in the house. This is a great visual way to let the boys know if something is positive or needs improvement.
Have you heard that Netflix has adopted the thumbs up/thumbs down method for their ratings as well?
The thumbs up/thumbs down is another way to help personalize our viewing preferences which makes discovering new content easier. And you KNOW when you are done with a show and looking for the next binge-worthy series, a relevant suggestion would be super helpful.
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