Sunday, November 26, 2006

Rewards

We started Kamryn on a reward chart on Wednesday. Well actually we started both girls. Lauryn's is very simple but we knew she would want to do it since Kamryn is. It's gone really really well!!! I am HUGELY impressed by the response to this and that they are doing it. Kamryn wakes each morning asking what's the first thing she needs to do for a sticker! Lauryn does what I ask to get her sticker without any problems. Man, I have been more relaxed and less stressed in 5 days then I can last remember! Clothes and toys are picked up all for a little sticker on a chart! And we have noticed Lauryn helping Kamryn pick up more without any encouraging or griping from us. And at the end of 7 days they each get .10 cents for every sticker they have. Cheap I know but they don't know much about money yet. Kamryn knows you need it to purchase things but that's about it. And when we go into the $2 shop there is always something she wants so this is a way for her to earn it. She has 6 'jobs' so .60 cents a day, I think is pretty darn good! She also gets one bonus day a week. She gets to pick a movie from the video store is she gets 3 days in a row full of stickers. But the bonus sticker can be taken away. We don't threaten removal with the others since she has earned them fair and square. But we have to have some bargaining power ;) Like I said, man, it has really worked very well and I am soooooooo pleased and I don't feel like I am on top them to get something done. They know what needs to be done and we just remind them. Ahhhhhhhh, hope it doesn't wear off too soon ;)

7 Comments:

Anonymous Debbie said...

Christi, that is sooo awesome...I am so glad that it is working out sooo well...

10:54 AM  
Blogger Hannah said...

Great news, Christi!! We really need to start something like that here. Ethan gets star stickers on his calendar for certain things but it would be better to have charts for actual jobs and to have one for Tyler too. I like the idea of having a bonus sticker for bargaining purposes, lol!! We also don't take Ethan's stars away for bed behaviour but boy I have been tempted to!!! But like you say, they have been earned fair and square. But the bonus one is a good idea and gives you a bit of extra power, lol!
Thanks for the inspiration and motivation to start this here! I'll let you know how it all goes!

9:02 PM  
Blogger Megan M said...

What a great concept Christi! Millie is pretty good but she also loves the $2 Shop, Paige at 2 I think the whole thing would go over her head but it's worth a try as she understands when she is being a ratbag! LOL!

10:53 PM  
Blogger yaseen_nz said...

Great that the charts work well for you Christi and that it eases some of your pressure.
We use charts a lot at work, sticker ones like yours which work very well. Might have to change the chart if they get used to it or the stickers now and again. Our charts are mainly short term ones that get re-introduced when the unwanted behaviour reoccurs. But we have some ongoing ones also.
We also use visuals with reusable stickers. Those are not like reward stickers. But kinda like visual aides/reminders. One is a cool photo of the person laminated and and then space for 3 cool laminated flower stickers (she chose those) with velcro on the board and the flowers. On the 'board are 3 places with velcro saying morning/ lunch /afternoon - as she can read. (For others I use symbols like the sun coming up being full and going lower) She was supposed to have only 3 smokes a day and was forever asking for a smoke. Driving everyone crazy. Since the chart she gets her smoke, puts down the flower and knows she got 2 more left, when all flowers are on she can see it's used up. We have no more trouble with being asked. Visuals like that help a lot and are fun to use.

11:33 PM  
Blogger Rachel said...

That's a great idea! I think it would work well with Luke, but Daniel is pretty crafty (he even manages to get Luke to take his dirty nappies downstairs to put in the bin!) - not sure if it will work where Daniel is concerned...yet!

9:13 AM  
Blogger nzmommy said...

Meg - Lauryn just turned two the beginning of November and it is working well for her. It's saving many meltdowns and cutting back on the 'no's. I think we tend to think they can't do it or they won't because they are younger. I am like that alot with Lauryn but she loves doing this. It took about two days for her to 'know' the jobs since she doesn't exactly understand fully what we say to her. But now we say 'it's time to pick up books' and she does it. No hesitation at all and no crying or saying 'no'.

Now, I'm just looking forward to payday so they can really see what they get for all the work they have done!

9:40 AM  
Blogger yaseen_nz said...

Gosh so good isn't it Christi. I hate being the 'nagging' mum.
Cant wait to hear how the reward day goes :)

6:22 PM  

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