To discipline, we do use timeouts and those seem to be somewhat effective. I wanted to find a way though to reward them for their good behavior so I started "The Button Jar."
The jar itself is just a mason jar with colorful buttons on it. I got both at Michaels. To start, I sat the kids down and explained to them that if I observe them listening, playing nicely, sharing, etc. I will give them a button. I then told them that after they collect a certain amount of buttons (the kids don't really understand numbers yet so I am not a stickler with the number of buttons.) they can earn a prize. I then showed them the prizes (which are all Dollar Store items.) Showing them the prizes turned out to be a big mistake because they asked for them ALL THE TIME. "Can we have a prize?" "Do I get a prize?" NO, you need more buttons!
We did the jar for a couple days and their first prize was an ice cream cup. 5 days later, they earned enough buttons to score their next prize, pictured below. Overall, I like this technique. I think I will be able to tweak it as they get older and understand more.
Do you have any reward systems that work for you?
|The button jar and their jars on our mantle|
|Emma holding out her newest button|
|Josh and his button|
|Josh and his prize|
|Emma and her prize (tutu and fairy wings)|
|Running with their new prizes|