In an attempt…
…to instill a sense of hard work, we are keeping these little ones busy. Very busy.
In an effort to lay it all out in an organized, tangible fashion, we have created a chart with a daily checklist: the morning Big 5 (eat breakfast, get dressed, say prayers, brush teeth, make bed), homework, piano practice, dinner help, post-dinner cleanup, evening Big 5. For all of this, the kids earn points!
Points can be redeemed for a milkshake, small toy, or an outing out with Mom and Dad. Bonus points are earned through good behavior, good attitude, and quick obedience. (The magical triumvirate around here.)
In an effort to get this sweet(s) boy to eat more than bubble gum and cough drops, we’ve had some long talks about healthy choices vs. tiny treats. He gets added bonus points for eating anything off his “healthy choices” chart. (Which does not include, unfortunately, the above Nutella-and-walnut pie.)
In an attempt to get back to the basics, we have implemented a Value of the Week that we focus on at dinner. Last week was Kindness, this week is Love. We get to report each evening on our acts of love.
Do you ever arrive at a point when you realize the entire family needs a major overhaul, a recentering/refocusing of sorts? Yep, that’s where we’re at! When I told my mom about our new method last night, we laughed together, remembering the dozens of various charts and incentives used to try and motivate us kids.Tweaking, refining, retooling, adjusting: ah, parenting at its best.