Tuesday, January 13, 2009

A little encouragement

Emery is a very determined little 2 year old! In addition to his refusal to nap, he has been increasingly more stubborn and independent. It's all about wanting control I think. Which isn't all bad but since I'm sort of a control freak too, we have some major struggles around here! In an effort to establish a routine and encourage Emery to do some things, I made him a "chore chart". It really isn't all chores, but also things he needs to do throughout the day. When he finishes the task, he gets a sticker on his chart.
So far (2 days in) he's really into it. If he doesn't want to get dressed in the morning I remind him he'll get a sticker when he does. It has been a lot easier than trying to hold him down while he's trying to wriggle away to dress him!
On his chart he has to: get dressed, make his bed, take a nap, pick up toys, take a bath, brush his teeth, say his prayers, wash his hands,(and then some actual "chores") help unload the dishwasher, vacuum (with the swivel sweeper), put his dishes in the sink after meals, and sit on the potty.
The first day he wanted to unload the dishwasher and vacuum over and over! He loves to help do those things!! It was really cute! And he isn't really potty training, but just sitting on the potty will help him get familiar with it and you never know when he's sitting up there if he'll get something out! I'm not sure how I'm doing the next part, but when he get X amount of stickers he'll get a prize. Wish me luck!


J.Frey said...

What a great idea! I should start something like that with Charlie.

jenny said...

great idea julie! i will have to remember that as i've got a very demanding child too! he sure is growing up, he is so handsome, even if he is giving you fits.

Michelle said...

Wesley and Kayla love stickers, too. It's a great idea. You're not alone in the resistance. It's a constant battle between the kids and me, as well as a battle between the two of them. I'm so relieved when Mark comes home from work for the weekends.

Danica said...

I am going to have to try this one. We are dealing with similar independence drama at our house. Thanks for posting!

The Thueson's said...

What a cute idea. I am attempting potty training this week and am doing the sticker thing as well. Gosh.. potty training is HORRIBLE!!