The kids decided that we shouldn't say mean words to each other (I love it when they know exactly what they are doing wrong :)... Then I asked them what we should do when someone breaks the rule. They brainstormed all sorts if crazy ideas, but we all settled on picking a chore out of a jar.
Now it's up to mom (me) to implement all the ideas so that they are doable and practical enough that we'll stick with it.
A wide mouth jar
Some pretty scrapbook paper
Two wooden skewers
A printout of the chores
I wrote out a list of quick chores, service, and kind actions on the computer.
Printed them out and cut them into strips.
I printed out "Show Love! No Name Calling!" in a nice font and a large font size. I glued (actually i sewed it so it would look cute) the saying onto the scrapbook paper. Then, I hot glued the skewers to the paper- wider than the mouth of the jar and at an angle so they would fit into the jar, see the photo. You can use Elmer's glue if you don't have a hot glue gun. Then I glued another piece of craft paper to the back to finish it.
I put the sign into the jar and folded all the chores and put them in the jar, done!