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Correcting behavior before things get CRAZY!!!

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I have been off work less than a week for my summer hiatis…thanks to the awesome world of education. In that short amount of time, I can’t count how many times Monkey and Buggy have argued, yelled, whined and just plain disobeyed what I had to say.

I did what every resourceful mother does…head straight to Pinterest. With several ideas from fellow Pinners, I came up with a mesh of ¬†family calendar, behavior chart and reward jar. It was actually quite simple after my visit to the local Wal-Mart and Michaels’ Craft Store.

 

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I used:

  • Dry Erase/Magnetic Calendar Board
  • Fun Neon dry Erase markers
  • craft paper in green, yellow, red and black
  • Silver permanent marker
  • packing tape
  • mini wooden craft sticks
  • magnetic buttons with foam adhesive on one side
  • markers
  • Mason jar
  • sticky letters
  • scissors
  • pom-pom in assorted colors

 

BEHAVIORAL CHART

I used the mason jar lid to trace my circles for the behavioral chart. The stop light system worked so well for Monkey in pre-school…I just added black for a harsher punishment.

Each color was labeled with the silver marker and then secured to the calendar with clear packing tape.

  • Green – “good job!” every day starts off on green
  • yellow – “uh-oh” – time for a chat and short time out…discuss that behavior and how to correct it, what is desired and what is undesired
  • red – “on-no” – consequence based on behavior, this may warrant a longer time-out, spanking, or grounding
  • black – “yikes” – Mr. Sad time, a not so fun spanking that is a last straw. Fortunately my kids are just as intimidated by the idea of Mr. Sad ( wooden spoon with a sad face) than actually receiving Mr. Sad

 

The craft sticks were added to the magnetic buttons and labeled with kiddos names.

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REWARD JAR

A Ball mason jar, found at Michaels’ is what I chose to use as the reward jar. Every evening at bedtime, if the kiddos are still on green a large pom-pom is added to the jar.

Throughout the day, smaller pom-poms are added based on good deeds, being respectful, being nice to each other, etc.

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With my kids ages, 5 and 3, I decided to have them work collaboratively on a jar. When they reach the goal they get to receive a special reward:

  • trip to yogurt shop
  • new DVD
  • mini shopping trip for a new toy
  • other special treats mom and dad can come up with

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So, now that only thing we can do is PRAY that this works.

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Please share your ideas, comments, or questions!

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Wednesday Wisdom – humans and their emotions…being a spiritual warrior

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“The problem with most people is that they lose control of their emotions. It is the emotions that control the behavior of the human, not the human who controls the emotions. When we lose control we say things that we don’t want to say, and do things that we don’t want to do. That is why it is so important to be impeccable with our word and to become a spiritual warrior. We must learn to control the emotions so we have enough personal power to change our fear-based agreements, escape from hell and create our own personal heaven.”
-excerpt from The Four Agreements by Don Miguel Ruiz

The reason I chose this excerpt from The Four Agreements is because it rings so true within me. I am one that loses control of my emotions, positive and negative. I often go on super-drive with my emotions. One of my personal goals is to learn to keep them in check and create a spiritual warrior within me. Not an over-zealous religious warrior, but my own personal spiritual warrior that helps me balance life along with my spiritual and physical Universe.

How do you keep your emotions from going on hyperdrive???