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Friday, September 16, 2011

bribe vs incentive


I am all for giving my kids incentives.  I've heard parents say that they don't believe in bribing their children.  Well neither do I!  Bribing involves criminal activity and I'm not that desperate.

Anyway, Brenda has been refusing to comply with teeth-brushing time.  And by refusing I mean screaming, crying, slamming doors, hitting...  And by the time she is disciplined, held-down, brushed and sent to bed we are all tired and grumpy.  Time for some incentives!!  So I made this chart-

Each time she complies with a proper brushing she gets a square checked off.  Twice a day.  Hopefully each week she fills a line and then gets herself a new lego set.  (You know those 4-5 dollar little sets?)  After a month I'm hoping to just do a check per day and start stretching out the rewards.  Otherwise this will turn into a bribe as I will be forced to start stealing legos.  (Those babies add up!)

And since I am a nifty-chartmaker I rewarded myself by drawing up a new dream house plan.  The kitchen is raised up with a half-wall, giving separation with an open feel.  And I'm willing to have a third guest bathroom if the kids will leave it alone...


Now let's have cereal for dinner.  ;)

7 comments:

Becca Jane said...

Good idea! I wish Cam and Brenda could play Legoes together!

Christy Jones said...

great chart! I need to hire you to make some for me, and cereal is my favorite kind of dinner!

Sarah said...

Love it! Although, would you think I am crazy if I said I want separate toilets and vanities in my master suite? Boys are gross....and if we didn't share, I would never have to clean up after him. He he!

Val said...

Your house rocks.

Brenda said...

One suggestion for the master bath. Separate little room for toilet, and a shower instead of a tub. That was two suggestions, wasn't it. And one of those cupboard/pantry things in the kitchen could be a baking center. Okay three suggestions. Very good plan.

nuttbutts said...

i am all for incentives...i am sure my kids wish their incentives were as good as yours :)

Radke said...

I find incentives help encourage my girls to be the great kids they are. Once they get good you just spread out the incentives.

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