I've referenced the book "The Secret to Successful Families" in previous entries and am trying out several of the author's suggestions with my own kids - they are my lucky guinea pigs! In one of his first chapters, the author talks about giving kids checklists for jobs/responsibilities and having them be responsible for checking the items off when they have been completed. This takes away many of the arguments/nagging that can occur. We've tried that this week in my house with chores. Prior to using the chart, I would find myself reminding my boys constantly to do their chores or forgetting completely about them until allowance time came. So far, the chart seems to be helping. This week they get reminders to check their charts and next week they are on their own. If they don't check every box for each day... no allowance for that day! I'm hoping that this helps them to be more responsible and reduces the tension that occurs with my constant reminders!