Tuesday, February 3, 2009

Behavior Board

So as most of you know, my husband is currently out of the country. This leaves me for the time being as a single parent. Now that has been going pretty well until recently. Within the last two days my fairly obedient children have become whining, fighting, fussy, lazy, talking back little beast! I tried all my usual tactics without success: time out, revoke privileges, etc. I was at my wits end yesterday and sent them to bed early, praying today would be better.

So as for my solution (besides giving them to their Grammy:). I went to the dollar store and gathered some supplies and came up with this board:

The idea is that everyday of the week except Sunday they start out with 4 sticks. You lose a stick for bad behavior along with a punishment. Each stick has a specific punishment, for example lose the first stick go to bed 1/2 an hour early. In addition at the end of the week if you have more than 20 sticks total you are allowed a special privilege such as going to get donuts, extended DS time, or play a board game with the family. I am hoping this system of punishment and rewards will grant me at least a week or two of peace. I will try to keep you posted as to the effectiveness, however if you don't hear from me more often assume the board was a bomb:)