Teaching Responsibility with a Toy Ransom Box

Just Another Day in Paradise

I'm fairly certain that every parent goes through the pain of teaching kids to pick up after themselves. In my house, you have to ask 37 times before you really get some action going. Larissa of Just Another Day in Paradise has been dealing with the same issue, but she created a clever solution: the toy ransom box.

The concept is simple: once you've asked your kids to pick up toys they've taken out, if they don't follow through, you collect the neglected toy and put it in your own "ransom box." The box has a collection of chores to choose from that kids can perform in order to get their toy back.

It's a simple way to foster responsibility in kids without having to engage in a lot of negotiating or punishment. Larissa even provides you with a download of her image, or you can create one of your own.

Would you try the toy ransom box? Do you have another system for encouraging kids to remember their household duties?

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Beth is a writer, crafter, DIYer and design enthusiast, living in L.A. with her husband, 2 young boys, and a large mutt named Caesar. She loves fonts, yoga, matcha lattes, and home-grown tomatoes and is not shy about being a consummate nerd.