Family DoDots: Get Organized for Back to School

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Now that summer is coming to a close, it’s time to trade in the pool toys and summer nights for school books, and schedules! I am always excited when school lets out for the summer. I love having my kids around, and I love being free to relax without homework and places to be. I am also excited when the kids head back to school in the fall, and we can get back to a schedule.

One of the things that I like to do at the beginning of the school year, is to set good habits that will stick with my kids throughout the year, and help keep us organized and running like a well oiled machine! :) At the end of the last school year, I was looking for something to help teach my kids accountability, responsibility, and the value of work. I also wanted a product that helped the kids keep track of their daily chores and responsibilities. Ladies! I am so excited to share what I found! It is like a chore chart, behavior chart, goal chart and more, all in one! The system is called Family DoDots (familydodots.com) and I LOVE it! I shared it with Jenny, and she has implemented it as well! If you are looking for a way to get your family organized, teach accountability and hard work, and have fun together, then I promise you are going to want to check out this system! This is what it looks like when it first arrives:

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My youngest was so excited when it came, she couldn’t wait to open it and get started! Jenny’s youngest was pretty excited as well! Can you tell?

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This is what it looks like after it’s all ready to go. Thanks to the video support and easy instructions, it doesn’t take long to get it set up. Once you purchase the product you have access to a membership program that is full of tips, and ideas, and problem solving. It is so wonderful to have this support!

After we got it all set up, we had a family meeting and talked about how it works, and what each person’s responsibilities were. The kids were excited and involved, asking lots of questions and making sure they knew just what to do.

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I have to tell you, when we started to implement this system, I was BLOWN AWAY at how responsive the kids were! After a few weeks, my husband commented that he had never seen everyones rooms stay so clean, and the chores done without complaining! We’ve been using it for a few months now, and I have a few favorite things about this awesome product.

1. It works for younger kids AND teenagers!

When I first implemented this system, my 16 year old was a little skeptical. She said she felt like it was more like a chore chart for younger kids. I explained to her that it is really just a way to track your responsibilities. I told her that when she has a “real” job, she will have to clock in, and clock out. By turning over her “dots” and accounting for what she has done each day, it is like clocking in/out! After a while, she caught the vision and is loving keeping track of her responsibilities. My younger girls like it as well because they can see exactly what their duties are each day!

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2. It keeps the accountability with the kids

One of the reasons my other “programs” and charts have fallen through in the past is that it was up to me to keep track of who was doing what, and make sure everything was in place every day. As a busy mom, I usually dropped the ball after a while! I LOVE the fact that with DoDots, the kids are accountable for their own tasks! They are in charge of marking everything, and moving all the magnets around. All I have to do is count up their tickets they’ve earned and file them!

 

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3. It encourages positive reinforcement

One of the added bonuses that I wasn’t expecting is how much the kids love earning extra tickets! After their initial chores are done, they can do extra things to earn more tickets. There have been times that they have asked me if they can do their sisters’ chores to earn more tickets! I also love watching their faces light up when I give them extra tickets unexpectedly. One time, my teenager cleaned the whole house without being asked! She wasn’t looking for a reward, but when I told her to add some extra tickets to her space, she got a huge smile on her face!

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4. It’s good quality!

I am a big advocate of paying a little more for good quality. I stay away from cheaply made products that are not going to last. I was very impressed with the high quality of the board, magnets, and tickets. I can tell that this board is going to last for years, and it looks amazing on my wall!

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The bottom line is that if you are looking for a good quality product, an effective family system, and more organization, then you need to hop on over to familydodots.com. Once you get there, you will see many photos and videos that explain how everything works. You can also like them on Facebook. They do giveaways from time to time, and have great tips and ideas.

Here is the best part! DoDots is giving Happy Gal readers 10% off from now until August 12th! When you order your system, be sure to use the coupon code thehappygal10!  Take pictures of your kids happy faces when it arrives and tag @the_happy_gal and @familydodots on Instagram! We want to see what you do with it! Also, share your thoughts with us in the comments below on your back to school ideas! We love hearing from you.

Loves,

Sarah and Jenny

For more tips on organizing, check out this post on organizing school papers, and watch our Studio 5 segment on getting your kitchen organized!

*Thank you to my friend and neighbor for allowing me to come take some pictures of her kids using their DoDots system since mine are out of town! :)

Image by Kristin Clove at cdotlove.blogspot.com

3 thoughts on “Family DoDots: Get Organized for Back to School

  1. Mandy Larsen

    I’m trying to use the code today on the 12th, but it wont work. Your post says it work through today. Any help??

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    1. Sarah Post author

      Hi Mandy! I contacted DoDots and it looks like the problem is fixed now! Try it again and let me know! I’d love to see pics after you get it up and running! :D -Sarah

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  2. Jenny Layton

    Ladies, this is the system you have been waiting for! So let me be totally honest…the work still has to be done – and that means some resistance from the kids, no matter how cute and fun the chore chart is. After the honeymoon phase, it’s really easy to let these chore charts go – especially when it’s high maintenance on mom’s end to keep up. The best part about this system is that the kids are catching on to what Sarah said about clocking in and clocking out. If the magnets are turned, they get their tickets. If not, it’s a little painful when they realize how much money they are missing out on. They have earned some money, and it has begun to click. I really praise them when I “pay” them each Saturday, and it’s been fun for them to have their own money to buy gum or a treat from the store. Love it, love it, highly recommend it!

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