It's tough to be mom of a teenager, a tween, and a 9-year old. So in order to prevent total chaos in her home she came up with an alternate system of punishment and shared it on Facebook, where it quickly ended up going viral.
Using what she calls the “Jar of Pain,” this mom charges her kids money every time they break one of her house rules. She and her husband divided the offenses into categories of severity and the kids are charged accordingly. For low-level crimes, like not hanging up towels, she charges them 50-cents, but if they do it again the same day, the charge doubles. And the prices go up for more serious violations, like $1 for “waking someone up before 6:30am.”
She keeps a “board of charges” posted on the fridge, so her kids know exactly how much their offenses will cost them. She explains that for bigger responsibilities, like failing to do homework, she’ll take away her children’s gadgets and sometimes they feel the pain of losing both their gadgets and money. Then at the end of the month, she uses Jar of Pain cash to buy the family dinner from a nice restaurant or lets the kids spend it at the arcade. And the best part? The mom says it’s reduced her yelling by 80%.