Starting today, we’re trying something new. Getting my kids to act like anything more civilized than higher-order apes is more trouble than it’s been worth so far. But I picked up a magnetic “My Responsibility Chart” at a consignment sale today that closely resembles a sticker potty chart I used for both my older kids. They loved the variety of stickers, and this has a similar variety of magnets. On the left are their responsibilities, which for now include getting dressed, no hitting, sharing, saying please and thank you, saying you’re sorry when you need to, putting away toys, setting/clearing the table, and putting on pajamas/getting ready for bed. It’s a whiteboard, so if these responsibilities need to change and there aren’t ready-made magnets for chores I want the kids to do, I can write them in. The kids decided that if they fill up all (well, most) of the squares (the chart covers one week), they get to go play Lights Off Golf at the mall. Today they did wonderfully. They behaved like little angels. I fully expect, however, the novelty to wear off. I might need to institute a smaller daily reward along with a larger weekly treat. Anyway, we’ll see how it goes. Oh, and no, I don’t normally let my kids stand on furniture. I hung the chart high above the kids’ table in an effort to keep them from taking it down. I should have predicted how they’d react.
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