cardigan: target (shop)
striped top: lucky brand via sam’s club
About a month ago, we entered the “two year old” phase with Peanut — strong opinions, many, many tantrums, refusal to eat food (and subsequent throwing of food at every meal), etc. After a rough week and a half or so, I suddenly realized that the only thing that was keeping us going from day to day was bribery…mostly in the form of treats.
This is certainly not the way I want to be raising my child — with sugary rewards for any good behavior. So following the good example of my friend, Jacque (check out her cute shop, by the way!), we made a sticker chart. We broke it down into several categories, and he got a sticker at the end of the day if he had fulfilled that category with good behavior. At the end of the first week, if he had done really well, he got a new toy.
A few stickers were missed throughout the week, but he did well enough that we rewarded him with a small new toy. But when week two rolled around, we told him he had to get ALL his stickers to get a new toy, so he was motivated! Although he came very close to missing a few times, he eventually made it to the end of the week with a full sticker chart.
So yesterday we headed to the toy store, full sticker chart in hand. After much deliberation, he finally decided on a shiny yellow tractor. He handed his chart to the cashier (some young college girl who obviously didn’t understand the gravity of this situation, and awkwardly said, “uh, good job, buddy..”), and the tractor was his.
|one very proud little boy|
The moral of the story is this: stickers and tractors solve all your problems.