10/17/11

Chore Chart

If you follow me on Facebook, you've seen what a "challenge" my three-year old has become.  I will spare you her drama, but we're trying to encourage the GOOD behavior and deter the bad.

A futile effort?  Perhaps.

But something must be done until we overcome this hurdle of her constantly testing patience levels (that is, until we have Avery hit this stage.  I am convinced, however, that she will never change and always be my angel.  This gets me through the days - don't burst the bubble!)

Foolishly, we thought 1 week would be enough to incent our darling daughter.  If she could do three tasks every day, she'd earn a sticker of each.  Knowing that 100% compliance was not an attainable goal, I though 10 stickers would be workable - then she could earn the ever desirable "Lion King" DVD.  Mid-week, we even tossed in "Tinkerbell."

We got eight.

Disappointed with the shorting coming and another box of wine later, a new idea came to me.

Let's go day to day.

Praise and appreciate the wins and learn from those delta opportunities (can you tell I'm attending more business meetings?)

Here's Olivia's new "Chore Chart" - we explained it's the things she can do each day that help our family.  Tonight, she was totally in to it, loving the pictures - even "helped" me edit a few, even though I was already satisfied with my clip art choices.

Day to day.  Wish us luck!




1 comment:

Elisa said...

Hang in their Liz! Three years old for us with Breyden was super hard....there were many times during that year I seriously wanted to sell him on craigslist or ebay or just put him on the curb with a sign "free to a willing family" (yes I feel bad for thinking these thoughts, but there were days I wanted to lock myself in our bedroom and never come out) ....I think it did not help that Sydney came into the picture 1 month into his third year...it was a transition for him...and besides that we had tons of other changes going on prior and after that....Breyden finally started to calm down and get better control of his emotions a few months prior to 4 (sorry...i know Liv just turned 3)....Now I am waiting on Syd to go through "that stage" as well....she is way more sassy and stubborn then Breyden ever was....I have a feeling its going to get rough with her here shortly!!!

Lets say a prayer that our sanity and liver hold out through the coming year....as we try to raise our sassy, stubborn and strong-willed little ladies!!!

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