Where Does She Come Up With Stuff?

Hayley is overall a really good kid. But she can be unmotivated and lazy at times so the husband created this elaborate reward system where she gets points which are equivalent to pennies and can use those penny points to buy stuff. It’s similar to what they do at her school except they use dollar points instead of pennies.

To start this new program, the husband had Hayley make a list of items she wanted. That was pretty much all the direction he gave her.

Her list of items?

1) A school ID

2) A kid job

3) A car

4) Angel wings

5) 2 cookies every day

6) Cootie catchers

Yeah, this is what my kid comes up when given the chance to get anything she wants.

Needless to say, her list of rewards was modified a bit.

Although, I am more than happy to give her a kid job whenever she wants one. I could use someone to make my bed and rub my feet everyday.

Over at One Martini at a Time we have another Valentine’s Day drink featured. This one is a Sparkling Strawberry Cocktail that looks and tastes very pretty. 

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85 Responses to Where Does She Come Up With Stuff?

  1. Kimberly
    Twitter: KimberlyAMuro

    What is a cootie catcher? And why would you want to catch a cootie on purpose anyway?
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  2. Alison@Mama Wants This
    Twitter: AlisonSWLee

    Can I just echo Kimsley’s comment?
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  3. Hahaha!! Oh my goodness, that picture! Hilarious! And who wouldn’t want two cookies every day?
    Great list :)
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  4. C @ Kid Things
    Twitter: kidthingsnet

    Um, I’m almost afraid to know what a cootie catcher is. I’m pretty sure I would have made the 2 cookies every day my #1.
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  5. Grumpy Grateful Mom
    Twitter: grumpygrateful

    Haley’s list cracked me up! Love her! I’m impressed she only wrote down TWO cookies.

    I like the idea your husband came up with. My oldest daughter could use a little motivation also. :)
    Grumpy Grateful Mom recently posted..Good News! Regression Repression

    • Jessica Torres says:

      So far the reward system has worked for everything but keeping her room cleaned. Not sure what to do about that yet.

  6. Stasha
    Twitter: NorthWestMommy

    Here is a tutorial for make your own cootiecatcher. http://www.wikihow.com/Make-a-Cootie-Catcher . Hayley can send me a cookie Andre wil call it even ;)
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  7. Mad Woman behind the Blog
    Twitter: madwomandiary

    What would motivate her to write a better list?
    BTW, my almost 4 year old’s list (if she were given the opportunity) would include Binky time and milk. …both things she gets without any prerequisites. Silly girls.
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  8. Elena
    Twitter: elenawollborg

    It just so happens I have a few cootie catchers lying around. I’ll send one out to Hayley asap.
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  9. Galit Breen
    Twitter: galitbreen

    Hee! Love it!

    (And I can’t decide if I’m more curious or afraid to ask my kids what they’d *really* want!)
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  10. Kir
    Twitter: thekircorner

    I would want 2 cupcakes every day (and no calories in them..you have to ASK THE RIGHT WAY) ;)
    I am ready to ask my kids what they would like every single day….that will be a funny exchange I’m sure.

  11. Kimberly says:

    Does the cootie catcher come with a complimentary bottle of hand sanitizer?
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  12. Eve
    Twitter: EverythingEvie

    I also would like a cootie catcher and two cookies everyday! (Fat free cookies that won’t grow my ass, please mkaythanks.)
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  13. Mirjam
    Twitter: applesndroses

    Hahahaha! it just means, that she already has everything.. (or she’s just crazy..)
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  14. John
    Twitter: daddyrunsalot

    Ummmm, cootie catchers?
    John recently posted..Where, sometimes, a smile is enough

  15. Kids are the best, her list is so funny, no adult could have thought that stuff up.
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  16. Ado says:

    Ok, am I out of it or what – what on earth is a cootie catcher? (-:
    What a photo, such attitude! She’s got fire in her belly. I always admires moms of kids w. fire in their bellies (I’m one of ‘em). (-:
    Ado recently posted..True Love

  17. Natalie
    Twitter: corp2domestic

    I mean who wouldn’t want a cootie catcher? :) I say if she does want a job then yeah rubbing your feet sounds like a good for her ha ha!
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  18. Tonya says:

    Never mind her list, that picture is priceless!

    Tonya recently posted..Remembering Whitney

  19. Miss Marina Star
    Twitter: MissMarinaStar

    I’m very interested in how you turned this list into manageable rewards. Because if you’re really giving out cars for pennies, then I’m applying to be your next kiddo!
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  20. Roxanne says:

    How do these people not know what a cootie catcher is??

    I should hire H to come do my laundry and clean my house. Does she do bathrooms?
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  21. Katie E
    Twitter: euregirlsandboy

    My kids never ask for jobs – I think because they never like what we ask them to do. This list is hilarious!
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  22. I love her ideas! Angel wings would be cool!
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    • Jessica Torres says:

      Our neighbor actually brought some angel wings over my daughter the other day not knowing that they were supposed to be a reward for her.

  23. Jess
    Twitter: jessesco

    I want to hear more about this reward system! I need Ava to get more motivated to help around the house and do more homework. She really doesn’t have much of a concept of money so this would work!
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    • Jessica Torres says:

      I’ll probably post more about it soon but basically she has a list of chores to do everyday and she gets points for them (each one is worth 1-4 points). If she completes the task she gets the points, she will also get points taken away if she doesn’t do a good job on certain tasks (like cleaning her room). It’s working for everything but keeping her room clean so far. We are going to start taking points away for her room in the next week or so if she doesn’t do better on it.

  24. Inelegant Life
    Twitter: Inelegant_Life

    We used to do Daddy Dollars at my house. I printed dollars that had a picture of my husband and daughter on them. They didn’t work well, mostly because Daddy gives her what she wants when she wants it, and because I got tired of trying to keep up with the system. If my daughter’s Christmas wish list is any indicator, the little shit’s list would include an iPad2, an iPhone, all the cute clothes in the mall, a new truck for Daddy, streaks in her hair, 2 York peppermint patties every single day, and no bedtime.
    Inelegant Life recently posted..My Child Will Never Act That Way

    • Jessica Torres says:

      Sometimes I think the hardest part with these reward systems is the follow through. If it’s too much work for us then we often stop doing it.

      Your daughter has quite the list of demands. I think they would need to be modified a bit if you were going to do this reward system. ;)

  25. MommaKiss
    Twitter: mommakiss

    Doesn’t she know you can MAKE the cootie catcher for free? Sheesh.

    That kid job – get on it!

    My kid would totally ask for a school ID, too. He thinks it’ll get him in to high school (at 6)
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    • Jessica Torres says:

      She has made many cootie catchers before which is why I was shocked it was on her list.

      Why would anyone want to get into high school sooner? I was in a rush to get out of that place.

  26. angela says:

    When she turned two, the only thing Abbey wanted for her birthday was underwear. This year it was suitcases. I have a feeling she will have a list like this in her future :)

    • Jessica Torres says:

      Underwear and suitcases are both very practical. I have asked for both in the past but I was slightly older than Abbey.

  27. Sarcasm Goddess
    Twitter: sarcasmgoddess

    Haha! Oh my gosh that is a fantastic list.
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  28. Teresa
    Twitter: TeresaThinks

    I LOVED cootie catchers!! OMG!
    Teresa recently posted..Happy Valentine’s Day!

  29. By Word of Mouth Musings
    Twitter: ByWordsMusings

    Okay so the foreign chick would like an explanation on cootie catcher????
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  30. Kristy @PampersandPinot
    Twitter: PampersandPinot

    Those are some interesting requests! We have a sticker chart here and whenever he gets 10 stickers on an area (following directions, sleeping in his own bed, eating his food at the table, and nice talk), then I go downstairs and pull a prize from this bag of junk I hide. Mini monster trucks and such. Whatever works!
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    • Jessica Torres says:

      I did the same thing with Hayley when she was younger and I was teaching her to sleep in her own bed at night. It worked fantastic. I’ll probably use it again on my youngest in a couple months but she is a bit more stubborn.

  31. Jen Has A Pen
    Twitter: jenrambles

    What the eff??? Although, to be honest, I’m pretty sure I’d list “2 cookies everyday” on my list too. She’s so funny. I think I could suggest a few things for her. A dachshund puppy perhaps? ;-)
    Jen Has A Pen recently posted..Preparin’ For Childbearin’

    • Jessica Torres says:

      Grandma has two dachshund puppies so my girls love those dogs. I’m sure they would like their own but we already have two big (dumb) dogs at home and daddy said no more.

  32. Audrey says:

    I’ll take 2 cookies a day and a kid job!!! Sounds good to me :)
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  33. Carri
    Twitter: carribrown

    Dude. I want two cookies every day and a new car, too!
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  34. Practical Parenting
    Twitter: katiefhurley

    Does she need any stuffed animals? Because that’s all Riley ever puts on her lists these days, and the collection is overflowing at this point. Love the picture.
    Practical Parenting recently posted..Rainbow of Love

  35. Jessica
    Twitter: Spitupchronicle

    First of all, I love your reward system.

    Second off, I also would like a school ID….if your giving them away. That way I can stop using the elderly discount at the movies and use the student discount as well.
    Jessica recently posted..Meet My Neighbor Friday: Mommyhood NEXT RIGHT

  36. Leighann says:

    She’s really into having a job isn’t she?
    I did this with my foster kids when I ran my crisis home. I used poker chips from the dollar store and when they were appropriate or completed a task when asked I gave them a chip at the end of the day they could cash in the chips for things I had in my “goodie bag” or for activities throughout the week.
    Because I was dealing with high risk behaviours it worked like a charm to bring them down to baseline.

    Oh and I also paid for chores.
    Man I had a clean house!
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  37. Barbara
    Twitter: babspinfrance

    Who wouldn’t want two cookies a day!
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  38. Jackie says:

    LOL! I love that picture of her! It is exactly what one of my girls would do…. and her list…. also something that my youngest daughter would come up with! It’s the list you look at and says…really? That’s it?
    Jackie recently posted..Monday Menu ~ Easy Chicken & Rice

  39. Gina says:

    Love that pic- she reminds me so much of my youngest.
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  40. Bruna
    Twitter: beeswithhoney

    Interesting list. Kids are funny these days. I totally get the COOKIES part but the rest, go figure.
    Bruna recently posted..my reward for being a mother

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