The use of operant conditioning when trying to get your children to do something, they really don’t want to, is the most effective avenue. For years I have tried many different strategies to get my kids to keep up with their chores. After years of yelling, grounding, punishing in every way I could think of, I am frustrated and need to try something new. I even went so far as to make a individualized chart for each child breaking down exactly what to do, on which day, and even at what time of day. I posted these charts next to each kid’s bedroom door. I still had to harp on them everyday to get them to do these simple chores. After learning about operant conditioning I have now added a money reward system (positive reinforcement) as well as an automatic punishment if they are not done on time. I give them a certain dollar amount per day if they get their chores done by the time I get home from work (everyday at 6 pm). If the chores are not completed by the time I get home it’s an automatic removal of all electronics for the rest of the evening. I write on a calendar that they have earned their money that day, and they are able to cash in when ever they want. This is working like a charm. I’ve only had to remove electronics once since the implementation of this (its been a couple of weeks). Not only that but when they really want something they have started asking for extra chores so they can earn extra money. Who would have thought! So lesson learned, if you want a behavior to change reinforcement works so much better (as well as faster) than punishment.