I came upon this:
After school this afternoon, I sat down with my boys and we read through the Behavior Contract. I explained each and every paragraph and asked if there were any questions. Of course, there were several and I was happy to hear them.
The boys all agreed to the Behavior Contract and happily signed them. Of course, I already had written in the blank the privileges they would gain. Further down the page I listed the consequence if they did not abide by the contract.
After the contract business I sat down and designed a chore list for each of the boys. They will rotate the caring of all pets by week. I also listed the daily items expected each morning, after school and before bed.
I am hoping the above will help our mornings to run more smoothly. The boys will rotate each week having a different pet chore for the entire week.
This evening we had our first "learning" curve . . . dissension in the chore ranks. It was quickly resolved as soon as I mentioned "Contract" Minus 1 point and I am sorry to say you will not have a 100% for the bonus at the end of next week. Then a second "learning curve" when one of my cherubs decided to throw a little attitude at his brother because he didn't want to take the dog out. I repeated "Contract" and Minus 1 point . . . the message was received loud and clear.
The house has been relatively calm tonight - which is a HUGE plus! We shall see what tomorrow brings . . . I am letting them ease into it today, tomorrow and Saturday before we actually begin on Sunday, but don't tell them!