Our “Harmony Jar”

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I just realized that you can get an idea of the kind of week I’ve had based on the projects I did.  I made a “Harmony Jar” and a Chore Chart.  Ha. I got this idea from my neighbor, who has an “Uh-oh Jar.”  The problem I am dealing with is the incessant fighting.  I have a 6 year old girl and and a 3 year old boy and they are usually best friends.  But lately, it seems like they have been fighting or teasing Non. Stop.  And I am going nuts.  I am pretty tired of refereeing and I don’t want to listen to it anymore.  And also, my house can always use cleaning, so I might as well put those little slaves to work!  That IS why we have kids, right?

So, I used a jar from IKEA (I already had it.)  A mason jar would work just lovely too.  I bought a $3 bag of colorful tongue depressors, a new Sharpie and I got to work.

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My oldest girl does really well with tasks.  She really likes to know what is expected of her in specific detail.  The plan is, that every time they fight (not just a squabble, but a fight I have to deal with) they each go pick a stick out of the Harmony Jar.  Then, they have to whatever task is on that stick.  This should accomplish a few things.  For one, it distracts them and switches gears.  Two- hopefully they will serve each other and find love and compassion for each other through some of these tasks (a lot are service for the other.)  Three. I don’t have to try to guess who is right/wrong, they both get a stick!  And Four.  My house is cleaner on days they are harder.  Seems balanced.

Some of the tasks are:

  • Wipe down the barstools
  • Windex the back door
  • Vacuum the office
  • Pick up 10 toys in the playroom
  • Dust the loft
  • Turn on Pandora and dance for 15 minutes
  • Organize your siblings shoes
  • Make yours siblings bed
  • Organize 1 of your drawers
  • Sing 3 songs to your sibling
  • Go scrub the bathtub
  • Unload the dishwasher
  • Freebie!
  • Sweep laundry room
  • Straighten baby’s room
  • Disinfect 4 door knobs
  • Hug and kiss mom
  • Hug and kiss your sibling
  • Make a card for your sibling
  • Name 3 things you love about Dad
  • Name 3 things you love about Mom, Beck, etc.
  • Clean the bathroom mirror
  • Pull 10 weeds
  • Tell each other sorry
  • Clean out car
  • Sweep the kitchen floor

I really have great kids and I love those lil’ stinkers.  But I hope this will resolve some of the issues that chase away the harmony in our home!

I have seen people use jars like this for kids that don’t clean up, or for kids that don’t listen, etc.  It is very adaptable:)

 

3 comments for “Our “Harmony Jar”

  1. February 18, 2013 at

    Thanks! I love this idea. I have two boys that fight constantly and I have tried the cleaning thing but was not consistent. I like the positives they have to do also I.e. kiss or be thankful for each other. Thanks again!

  2. Janett Reed
    July 9, 2013 at

    I LOVE calling this a Harmony Jar since that is what we are trying to teach our littles ( ages7, 5.5, and 3)! My two oldest are girls and we are always having bickering. I love that I don’t referee any more, fighting and winning gets a stick! Thanks so much!

  3. Gina
    July 21, 2013 at

    Hi,

    Great idea! Where did you purchase the colorful tongue depressors from?

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