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Tuesday, September 22, 2009

Yes Ma'am, No Ma'am Turbo Round

A couple weeks ago, I shared how we trained our children to respond when we asked them something. This developed into another game which we call the Yes Ma'am, No Ma'am Turbo Round.

The goal of this game is to get the house into shape quickly when guests are expected. This is a great way to get some of those last-minute items done (windexing the front door, cleaning up the toys shoved under the couch, getting rid of little piles of clutter).

The children line up and I give them each a task. They respond "Yes Ma'am" and run off to do it. When they return they receive an M&M and their next task. Repeat until house looks presentable. We can get our home from disheveled to decent in about 20 minutes and have fun while doing it!

I've found that this works best with quick (2 minutes or less) tasks. This is not the time to deep clean the bathroom. The pace needs to be brisk and the M&Ms flying or they will loose interest.

Now go buy the big bag of M&Ms and start having some fun!


  1. We've started yes ma'am, no ma'am. I am hopeful I see better results than repeating myself until I'm ready to kill someone. I'll let you know how it goes. Thanks!

  2. Sounds great to me!


  3. What a great idea! I think M&Ms are one of the best motivators around~ You are such a creative and fun mom!~

  4. I was just thinking -- maybe we should try a new game called, "Leave a Comment, Get an M&M!" :)

  5. I would love the M&Ms for comments game. I know I'd leave a lot more (but then again, I'd gain a lot more)!