Last summer I tried a sticker chart with Evelyn, but she really didn't understand the purpose and just wanted to pull the sticker back off as soon as she stuck it on. Perhaps it was the wrong plan, but I let go of any plan for a while with that failure. It wasn't until my friend The Control Freak posted an article about a behavior plan that it dawned on me that maybe it was time to try again.
I decided to employ a behavior jar to be filled with pompoms. According to the plan, you picked a few key behaviors that needed to be changed and focused on those to be rewarded. I decided we would have two jars, one for getting ready in the morning quickly and getting ready for bed without fussing, and the other just for general good listening since really that is our big problem. As I said to a friend, we needed to fix the morning and evening because it just ruins both the start and end of our day! And with the not listening in between our whole day just sucks!
From teaching I knew that the key to a good behavior plan is that the child needs to "buy in" and that requires a reward that is going to be meaningful. Enter the Dum Dum. Recently at the bank the teller offered a lollipop, and I said okay for the first time. Evelyn was hooked. Now I know that many people are not a fan of using food as a reward, and in general I am not either, but I knew it was going to work for my kid and that is what matters!
I gathered my materials and got to work...