Wednesday, June 29, 2011

Three kids vs. Two kids

A prime example of how things have changed around here since I had my third child...

Exhibit A:  Star Behavior Charts (made when I just had my girls)




-- Time spent on planning and prep work (measured lines, bought supplies)
-- Hand cut and laminated stars with velcro attached to each one
-- Color coordinated, symmetrical, pretty
-- Every letter was hand stamped for the title & days of the week
-- Clearly defined and thought out goals
-- Clearly defined and thought out reward system

Exhibit B:  Star Behavior Charts (made last week with three kids in tow)


-- No time spent on planning or prep work
-- Star stickers grabbed from the craft drawer (happened to be on top of the pile)
-- No thought on color/appearance, crooked names with now crooked lines of stars
-- Quickly hand scratched names (written with baby #3 on my hip in a moment of insanity when all I wanted was for my girls to STOP FIGHTING!)
-- No goals
-- No reward system

Life with three.  Things sure have changed.  

Want to know the funny thing?  The new not-so-cute version of our star charts?  

Working like a charm.   :)

15 comments:

Anonymous said...

I LOVE this post! It is so real!! Thanks for your honesty!! BTW - how are your blog ads going? Are you making any money off of them?

Elizabeth D. said...

I was smiling the whole time I was reading this post- my 3rd is 8 months and I feel the exact same way about things! Thanks!

The Hill House said...

Too funny! But if they work, who cares what they look like!

Jennifer S. said...

I love this! Too funny! I have found the same thing after adding my 3rd child. Life is different! But so much fun!

joy said...

Love it!!

Cheryl said...

Simplify simplify simplify! That is what I have learned over the years adding kidlets to our family (5 total!). The fluff goes away and the important stuff stays!

Jen said...

That is hilarious! Even with one child, I don't think I could've managed a chart as pretty as the original(not enough patience for stuff like that). I love the goal ideas(Target surprise). Glad number two is working just as well!

Joyce said...

that is so true though!

kami @ nobiggie.net said...

I love the real! Everything changes. I love hearing that this one works just as well as the last. It's kinda funny!

The Wilcken 7 said...

Oh my goodness! Thank you so much for the laugh! Too funny and so true. My girls need star charts, the fighting gets so old so fast. Love the reward system.

Kath said...

Don't bother making Kole a star chart. Boys don't do stars...or at least over 4 yrs old.

Bobbidee said...

Yes! Welcome to my world--sort of.;) Sometimes we don't even look at the charts! Still loving your blog and your kids are still beautiful!!! :)

Kristin said...

LOVE it!

The Harrises said...

I hear ya sister. My chart consisted of moving paper and snoopy valentine stickers. Either way kids are motivated. Yesterday I just started giving them points out of the blue. These points don't go for anything and they still went for it. Love kids!

Tricia said...

I made very similar job charts for my oldest 2 as well! (Complete with the same stars, although we used magnets to attach them to the chart.) Haven't used them so much now that Baby #3 is here...