Wednesday, March 24, 2010

What Doesn't Kill Us...


When I presented their charts, Hazel gasped upon reading ask someone to play at school--heaven forbid she voluntarily socialize!

Parley, hearing his chart read, quickly complained, "I can't stop picking my nose!"

Good challenges ahead.  I'll keep you posted.

26 comments:

Becky D said...

Don't know if I've ever commented before...
but had to thank you for starting my day with a laugh! I love this!

Sarah Burgoyne said...

I love this idea! I think I might steal it :) I love the nose picking one, if Isabelle understood charts that would be on hers.

emily k. smith said...

Wow Jayne! You are a task master! Go to church happily? Even I can't do that one. I also like the irony of two "listen the first time" on Hazels chart. Is that just in case she didn't hear you the first time?

emily k. smith said...

And... Are Jed's dates really that worth it? Maybe you should bring your kids over here and have one for yourself?

Bridget said...

you should make an additional note:

don't pick your nose and stick it to a wall.

we have one of those in our house and quite frankly, i'd rather they ate it.


what's a daddy date look like exactly?!

Kim said...

Oh my Gosh! This made me LOL- really loud. That is really bad when I should be working rather than reading your blog. The nose picking is my favorite item on the chart, mostly because I up-chuck a little bit every.single.time I read about it on facebook, watch a video where Parley is "feasting", or invite my niece to stay the night. She is also a fan of the Snotty Buffett. sigh..

ali said...

hee, hee, hee.

I can hear the despair in Parleys voice.

It could be worse. I would take boogers over my two children who decided to team poop in my closet yesterday.

Yep. could be worse.

~j. said...

Brilliant.

Is the idea that the children are caught completing the tasks, at which point the task is marked off, and a marked-off chart results in a date? Or are the tasks to be maintained for a certain period of time in order for the date to take place?

jayniemoon said...

@Al--team poop? Yeah, that takes the cake! I want to see your kids' charts!

@Jenny--The idea is for them to be caught, but I'm hoping to remind a bunch of times (about the nose picking) in between in hopes that it sinks in!

@Bridget and Em--I guess the Daddy dates are pretty fun because they both chose him to go with instead of me. He'll likely buy them more treats. Parley wants to go to the dump (where he's been with Jed before) and get a rootbeer (..not at the dump). Not a lot of high expectations!

bjahlstrom said...

Oh, that is funny. Funny, funny, funny. I like that there's "Listen the first time" twice. Ironic, like they need to hear that request twice.

Lindsey said...

Ahhh...charts. We have a chart of our own but I had to draw pictures so my kids know what they have to do. Poop in the potty is one. How did I draw that one? Ha!

St. Julien's said...

Great idea Jane. Why do charts feel so satisfying...I feel another chart coming on. Poor Parley, I can't stop picking my nose either.

Teachinfourth said...

Do jobs for mom? What is this, some kind of pre-slavery chart? Things like foot massages and back rubs? Do those count toward those 'jobs'?

Now I know why you decided to have kids...

lady lee said...

hahahah!!

Christi said...

Poor Parley! Poor Hazel!!! To dream the impossible dream...seriously, what a sweet family you have. Good luck and I hope Daddy comes through with some extra special treats. Listening the first time is NOT easy.

jed said...

hey, emily k smith. maybe you've forgotten the christmas dance of 1996. wasn't that date 'worth it?'

remember that awesome joke i told over dinner and i laughed for 20 minutes before i even got the punchline out? 20 minutes, emily!

megan said...

Love the charts. Mostly I love Parley's requested date. The dump. Awesome. Plus, I don't blame Hazel for not wanting to ask someone to play. Come on! What high expectations!

Jed, let's here the joke.

emily k. smith said...

Jed, that date was absolutely one of the best of my high school existence. I do remember the joke... with a red face I admit that I told it to someone a few weeks ago - I mean as a teenager in high school that joke probably is one of the more savory floating around, but as a thirty something year old woman that joke is fairly inappropriate. Alas, this realization did not dawn on me until every word had escaped my lips. I still laughed my head off though and so did my brother who was the recipient.

jed said...

@megan, emily's right. the joke is just left of appropriate for a family blog like this one. you'll have to see if you can get emily to share it at playgroup since she clearly doesn't have any reservations about repeating it.

Anna said...

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Anna said...

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Jen said...

That is when you know the chart is hitting home- when everyone complains.

Nancy Wells said...

Hahahaha. I love Parley's hold up....to have to give up boogies.

Shana said...

Was the punch line something about "Welcome to Jamaica?" Was the punch line something about "Welcome to Jamaica?" Sorry, I wasn't sure you guys were listening the first time. Seems to be a bit of a problem in your house.

Kacy said...

I just feel that maybe washing your hair AND washing your body should count for two squares. It doesn't seem fair. Sometimes you just wash your hair but not your body. And sometimes you wash your body but never get around to your hair.

Three and Counting said...

Oh thanks what a great idea- I am going to try this too.