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.
- 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
- Mason jar
- sticky letters
- pom-pom in assorted colors
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.
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.
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
So, now that only thing we can do is PRAY that this works.
Please share your ideas, comments, or questions!