Monday, June 28, 2010

The Happy Chart

I've discussed Diva's behavior on here quite often. I LOVE her. I do, I promise. But like I have mentioned before, it really is such a challenge being her mother. And I know part of the reason is because I am "in the box" toward her.

It's not like I don't try to get out of that $#%$* box because I do, almost every day. However just when I'm lifting out my last leg I'm shoved right back in on my butt.

Every night I pray for guidance on how to parent her and every time I have this feeling I should make her a chart. Procrastination is my middle name so I never made it a priority.

Until today.

Diva has a very strong personality and most days I love that about her but it also means she lives by the motto, "MY WAY OR THE HIGHWAY." So asking her to do things is our biggest struggle.

Cue the Happy Chart.

Why is it called the Happy Chart? Because when she is happy, I am happy and when I am happy, everybody is happy.

Now to clarify, I don't have a crafty bone in my body. So a little project like this was quite overwhelming. How in the H do I make a chart? Let's just say it's not a cutesy or pretty chart but it's a chart.

I wrote down the main things we battle about everyday. She can receive up to three stickers a day for each behavior. If she gets at least 12 stickers at the end of the week, she can get a big treat.

Wish me luck.


debora said...

Good Luck!!!

TheKeilShpeel said...

good luck.. it does remind me of something else i remember that actually makes me want to do it because Kyle has been whining or using baby talk(to get attention) since Andrew is talking like that too.. but like putting in marbles in a bucket and there's teh take away too.. Thank for the idea.. I might have to get on this to get my own child's attitude nipped in the butt.
I like the idea of being able to take something away.. because it enforces the good behavior. .so I like your chart but now I need to figure out how I can take something awy.

Lindsay said...

Good luck! Sounds like a good plan.

Vanessa said...

sounds great! Good luck!

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Bree said...

I LOVE that idea! I am so glad you are a few years ahead of me so I can steal your genius ideas like this one. And I don't know know what you are talking about your chart is dang cute!

Dave and Lorianne Flint said...

Am I figuring this out right? She can have 3 stickers on each of the seven categories you've created over a 7 day week? That's the potential for 147 stickers. If she gets 12 she gets a treat? That's some serious behavior struggles! Sounds like my house :). I stole your chart idea and made one myself. Oddly enough we have many of the same struggles.


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