Tuesday, February 23, 2010

It Pays To Be Good!

I've been waiting a few weeks to post about my new bribery behavioral plan in case it didn't work out. Luckily it has been going well, so I'm ready ready to share our system. This entire project was fueled by my need to obsessively laminate, so keep that in mind if and when you attempt this on your own. I started by being SUPER frustrated with my kids and out of ways to make them behave. Then I decided to do something about it. Crafty, huh!?



I printed out tons of 1's, and some 5's, 10's from here. Then I laminated them like a crazy person and found a home for the 'bank' on top of the fridge where robbers couldn't reach them. I made a large pocket with 3 sections (with the kids' initials) by sewing two laminating pouches together filled with scrapbook paper, and then laminating the whole thing. I stuck it on the fridge where the kids could reach it and I started the brib, uh, encouragement to be good.

When the kids are good in general, when they do nice things for each other or when they help with a special chore they get a dollar. When they make bad choices they have to pay me a dollar and/or get a time out depending on the offense. You'd be surprised how much the hitting stops when Little Man has to pay me or his sister for his punishment. I still give time outs too because I don't want them to think that they can do anything they want as long as they can fund it.

Every Thursday the kids get to visit the "Mommy Shop" and buy little crap from the dollar aisle *ahem* trinkets for $10 each. I know that's a steep price, but I don't want a ton of crap floating around the house because they were too good that week, lol! I keep the Mommy Shop in a little bin on top of the fridge to keep it close and interesting to the kids.

All week the kids beg to go to the Mommy Shop, and the threatening of taking a dollar sure gets their butts moving where they need to be!! That's why our reward system Works For Me!!

2 Thoughts From Others:

Mama Melissa said...

i think this system sounds like a great idea. :)

Low Expectations said...

This sounds fantastic! It is similar to something I am doing in my classroom! It works!

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