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Makes Me Smile: Shared Stickers

The other day, Burke held onto a sticker that he desperately wanted to give to me for about an hour. (I was upstairs working at the time.) When I came down, I was treated to a sticker of Flo from Cars.

I later went upstairs to take a shower, but didn’t want to lose my special present…so I stuck it to the little glass shelf above the sink.

Fast forward a few hours. I hear Burke upstairs working really hard at something. I call up to him a few times to come back downstairs and get “just a minute!”…he finally comes back down with a HUGE grin on his face.

I smile every time I go into the bathroom 🙂

Behold: The Power of Stickers

A little while ago Goddess mentioned putting together a sticker chart to make bath time easier. I’d been hearing about sticker charts and other things to encourage kids to do stuff (or not do stuff) since before having kids – but reading it over there kicked my butt into gear to create one for Burke and Marjorie. For what, you ask? Trying to keep the bed dry over night.

Has it worked? Mostly. More to the side of “yes!” … but I still have to say mostly.

Here’s the thing about sticker charts…Mommy has to remember to put the stickers on! Well, I have to remember to have the kids put the stickers on. And, for the most part, the kids would remind me…but on mornings when we’re rushing around trying to get to school on time, the sticker chart slides. And guess what happens when Mommy slides? Yep…the very thing the chart is used for tends to slide a bit. Oh, and sick kids tend to impact said chart as well.

Anyway … I’m actually really impressed with how well the kids are doing. It started out that they’d get one sticker if their pull-up was dry. Three nights in dry pull-ups meant they’d get to wear undies. A dry night in undies got them two stickers. Toward the middle of the month, we ended up changing to two nights in dry pull-ups…then removed the pull-up factor all together. I also got sick of the “in and out of bed” bed-time routine, so I promised another sticker if they stayed in bed all night (unless they really did need to use the potty!)

Oh, one other seemingly very important part is that I let them color the square in with a highlighter before applying the sticker.

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