One great idea my sister in law April gave me was to use a big role of tickets at Walmart, and then use them for guiding specific behaviors.
We developed a Hobby Farm Jar and each time the children act responsibly they get to put a ticket in.
This was great motivation at first until the children sagged with it and we decided to make getting a dog as motivation on our way to getting a hobby farm, because all hobby farms need a dog or two, right?
Now, I am just not an indoor dog, kinda girl. I’ve seen many many clean houses with dogs but I can envision I would never be able to keep up with dog hair.
When my mother came out to visit us, she said that you can keep a dog soley outside and taught us how to do it…buying a puppy in the spring and making an insulated house that is small to keep the body heat a source of heat as well.
So we are on our way to earning a dog! And the name so far, we think, is Vasco. (For Vasco da Gama, the Portuguese Explorer.)