They are allowed one warning because perfection is an impossible goal, but usually all I have to say is: “oh – I hope that isn’t a bad attitude I hear because you wouldn’t want to not get a star tonight!” and wa-la! All is calm again.
We also came up with some rewards if the girls meet their goals. My girls LOVE to sleep in the same room in their bunk beds. We stopped letting them do this on school nights because they can’t control themselves and they stay up WAY too late talking and playing. So during the school year sleeping in the same room is a weekend treat. Since it’s summer and the girls can stay up later and sleep in a bit I told them that if they get all of their stars each day, they can sleep in the same room that night. Works great because they have something that reinforces their good behavior instantly each night. If they get all of their stars for the whole week, they get to pick one of the other rewards we came up with together. Playdate with a friend, yogurt or cupcake (we love visiting two little shops for these fun treats), movie with popcorn (my girls watch movies all the time but if Kenny and I actually sit down and watch one with them and pop popcorn it’s suddenly a special treat), and dinner of choice (McDonald’s here we come). When I first made these charts one reward was a surprise at Target. DUMB idea. We were buying a new toy every weekend. Now I make sure the rewards are things that are easy to pull off. They are actually things we often do anyway – but it’s good for the kids to know they are special treats and not always just a given. Am I right or am I right? :)
The stars velcro on and my girls love putting on their own stars. They can’t wait to do it at the end of the day! Even though it took a little more time, I’m so glad I made a separate chart for each of my girls.
These charts have yet to let me down. Like with most things involving children, consistency is key! I’ve found that a little extra motivation can be a very powerful thing. :)
Anyone else doing something special to keep kiddos on track this summer? I’d love to hear about it!
p.s. You can see my original Star Behavior Chart post here (my girls look so little!). If you are in my current camp and have NO time to come up with a cute color coordinated system like this one, don’t fret! You can always re-create the three kids vs. two kids Star Behavior Charts I made after I had baby #3. Those worked like a charm as well. :)
And while we’re on the subject of having no time – do you love that we are over half way through June and I still have my Spring blog header up!? Nice. At this rate I might as well skip a Summer header and jump straight into Fall. Of course here in San Diego our seasons all feel the same anyway. Guess I’m not that behind afterall. ;)