Tuesday, March 4, 2008

It's Not Just the Piggybank Who's Proud

(Edited for your viewing pleasure. I've added a "zoomed in" picture of her responsibilities.)

I've really been enjoyed Dobson's The New Dare to Discipline and have filed many, many parenting ideas away in my corpus callosum closet.

The Job Chart is one "Miracle Tool" Dobson talks about using to teach responsible behavior to your children. This is Julia's Job Chart.

First we laid on her floor and talked about "what 3-year-old should be able to do." She gave me ideas, I gave her ideas, and we came up with a good list. Next we chose 10 of them to work on in March. We typed up a chart and drew thumbnail pictures for her to remember which is which. (Do you love how beautiful "Mommy" is?) Then we talked about the rewards. At the end of the night we go through her chart and give smileys and stars for each job she did. She is rewarded a penny for each one to put in her piggybank.

I do have to say, I think I'm as excited as she is about it all. I'll keep you updated on how long the excitment sticks around.


Amy said...

Great idea, charts work for everything, thank the Lord.

I did click the photo, excited to see Julia's illustrations, but it won't enlarge. :(

Anonymous said...

Oh, I haven't done charts in my house yet...I may have to give this a try for MY 3-year old! I LOVE her chart (YOU drew the drawings, right? I can't click either to see it bigger, but I can see them. Please tell me she didn't. Speaking as an art teacher, if she did, I would have to tell you that she is ONE talented one! I mean, I'm sure she is, though. But that would be crazy.) I love charts myself, so I think I could get into this. Let us know how it goes! Also, I love your bulletin board, you cutesy, crafty thing!

Stacey said...

I love it. Seriously, lots of things to look forward to right? I love charts. Think they work great. Way to go Julia! Keep impressing us!

Amy said...

Oh Tiff, thanks for zooming in...you aim to please.

I think I might give it a go, you inspired me.

(music in background, "You're the Wind Beneath My Wings")

Amy said...

Is there any rhyme or reason to what merits stars versus smiley faces? Or are they equivalent & random?

Kristi said...

I too noticed your super cute bulletin board...I so love blues and browns together!! :-)

And, I also have had "responsibility charts" for both of the girls (haven't quite got it out yet for Caleb...I guess the "baby" of the family gets "babied" in more ways than one, huh?). We loved them as well!!!

I loved the pictures that you guys drew...I hope that it all goes well!

Oh...and I really enjoyed Dare to Discipline as well. I am reading another Dobson one right now...Bringing up Boys. I am entering into a whole new world of boyhood as Caleb gets older - I have so much to learn!!! :-)

Tiffany said...

Amy, there is no rhyme or reason to the smileys. I just thought that a little variety would be nice.

Kristi, I too am reading Bringing up Boys...and love it so far. Very eye opening!

Mck Mama,
I DID draw the pictures. Aren't they lovely?

Stephanie Balvin said...

This is exactly what that Accountable kids thing is that I was trying to get. Do you want some for your kids. Once I round up 20 people we get a discount!

Kim said...

What a great idea for responsibilities!
I may have to give this a shot when mine turns three.... I'm not wishing for that to come soon b/c I am still in awe that he is 2!

My nephew has a chart like this that my sister bought and its super cute. Made by Melissa and Doug, love their stuff.

Kim said...

P.s I am going to try to steal your Hossana song... I love it

Anonymous said...

Mom just gave me the address to this site...man how you do inspire me! You just amaze me how you can manage your adorable family! We really need to get together soon.

Love your cousin,

Leslie said...

Cutest thing I've seen all day!
You reminded me that I need to finish bringing up boys.
Great idea! Wonder what 1 year olds can do?

Anonymous said...

Oooo, a responsive blogger! I loved the surprise of scrolling down to see that you'd added a zoomed in photo for us. My favorite drawing is the one of the twins, laying on the carpet, tiny bits of hair atop their heads, motionless, their bellies burgeoning with milk and applesauce.