Tuesday, October 27, 2009

Sticker charts...

Things are in flux around here. Thinking back, they were in this magnitude of flux back when Blondie was born. The difference I think, is that, back then I was a new "stay at home" mommy. I was still trying to wrap my personal identity around that as well as being the new mommy of 2. And Big Daddy was not traveling nearly as much...
This time around, the mommy of three, the mommy of a school age child, a preschooler AND a little one, well there is a lot of "WHAT AM I DOING??" everyday. Not in "how did I get here?" but "Wow, how am I going to get from point "A" to point "B"?" Point "A" and "B" change from second to second. This blog post was going to be about the wonders of sticker charts...but how do I get from here to there?

We started charts a couple of weeks ago during Big Daddy's first trip away. The first night I will admit to being a screaming mommy. I was. It wasn't pretty. I thought "Would they behave any better if I gave them stickers for all of the (few, seriously it was a bad night) good/helpful/nice things they do?" It worked pretty well. It helped Brownie stay focused on being helpful and Blondie was able to have a better incentive for using the potty more regularly.

It worked for them, but in the weeks since I think that it works better for me. At a low moment I can go to the charts and see that they really are helpful most of the time. I can be reminded that if there aren't many stickers that I maybe have not been "present" enough with them to notice when they are working well together.

We are all works in process Must remember... we are all works in process.
I leave you with my latest quilting bee block. This goes to my friend "hanies" in this bee. She wanted us all to make a 16" block that was like a mini quilt. What a fun group of fabric to work with!
JMB

4 comments:

Lazy Gal Tonya said...

ugh, so sorry your husband is traveling so much.fun quilt block though - so glad you still get time to sew. ya'all take care, you're in my thoughts.

Natasha said...

I only have 2 and there are many days where I wonder how I will get from A to B. I always try and remind myself that when I turn into screaming mummy the girls just yell louder back at me. But it isn't easy.

I just adore the block you made for me. Thank you so much. I hope sewing brings you the stress relief that it brings me.

Ashlee said...

Oh my Gosh!!!! Your baby girl is so cute! I started school. Every1 wants to see her. you should bring her in! that would be so fun! Sorry i kinda vanished off the face of the earth....life is so busy right now! Are you going to start school in the winter? Your blog is so fun. You are so good at writing....i`m not.....i wish i was! Miss you,ash

Yaz and Rob said...

Ahhhh, the many wonders of stickers. Fun and educational...for all.