Tuesday, February 10, 2009

The Reward System

I started getting really overwhelmed with all of the little tasks we were trying to teach Isabelle to do and if I was overwhelmed, I can just imagine what our two year old was feeling. I had also been looking forward to implementing this particular parenting approach that I had heard so many of my mom friends talk about working well for their kids: The Reward Chart.

As I was praying one night: about potty training, no less, I remembered the Chart approach. I got up and threw together a simple chart with a few items on it such as “I went potty today” ,“I took a nap today,” and “I picked up my toys today.” I then ran to the dollar store and bought 1000 stickers for $1. And I have to tell you, it has been working great! She brushes her teeth, pottys, and picks up her toys like a champ, all for the pleasure of choosing and sticking a lil’ sticker.

This last week I added “I read my Bible today.” I know she can’t read yet, but she has a great kids bible and we can read it together every day. And I think there is no better time to build daily QT discipline than now, right? Now, if only I were motivated by stickers….

4 comments:

The Polo Club said...

I will have to remember that for when Abby gets older. If it works for so many, than I am sure it would work for us too!

drowninginblessing said...

Cute. I wonder if boys go for stickers too... I'm not beyond trying big red hearts with Abe. It'll develop his sensitive side. :) Aah, I miss the dollar store.

Michelle said...

I'm so glad the sticker chart is working for you and Isabelle! Isabelle looks very proud of her chart! It's like her very own report card!

Leah McKinney said...

Hey! What Bible are you using w/ her???? I've been thinking I need to start reading w/ Abigail...