In many homes, kids complaining and arguing is normal. But should it be? I think not! At our house we have used jars and a fine (5-25¢) to help curb poor mouth behavior. One of my favorites was our “Third Commandment Jar” based on the command to not take the Lord’s name in vain. We went further than most with this and restricted all use of the words Holy, Goodness, Heaven etc. to God or His Kingdom. We learned that I was the only most guilty of the violation with sayings like “holy moly” and “holy cow!”
Now, as the kids get older, grumbling and arguing seem to rear their ugly heads in our house. So we are starting a Philippians 2:14 jar. This verse tells us to do EVERYTHING without complaining or arguing. So every time a child – or a parent – grumbles, complains, or argues, they must pay the fine. We are starting at 10¢ per infraction. If that doesn’t curb behavior we will go to 25¢. As we see fines dwindling we will donate the money to a worthy charity, leaving us and others better off!
Click on the picture to print your own Philippians 2:14 jar label. Simply follow this recipe for homemade Modge Podge and apply the label to any recycled jar or can.