As you read in my post on Saturday, my kids were just horrible listeners. They drove me bananas to the point where I contemplated opening a second bottle of wine. I don’t know if it was just the dreary weather, too much birthday cake, or the lack of having Sam the Elf around, but they just weren’t listening. It had been escalating for a couple of weeks now, but Saturday they really broke me. I was fuming mad.
My husband decided to make a behavior chart just like they have in school. First thing first, my kids pride themselves on always being on green at school. We hear about it all of the time. So my husband made this great chart.
Green – good
Yellow – you’ve been warned
Red – lose a toy
And then he added something they don’t have at school…
Black – you can’t earn that toy back
So far, this method has worked out great. We have had just a couple of yellow incidents. Now that they know we are serious, I can just say the word “yellow” and they immediately correct their behavior. Monday morning was the first morning in a long time where the teeth were brushed, the shoes and coats were on, they grabbed their backpacks, and we were out the door on time without me having to shout 20 times to get ready. Bliss.