My five-year-old has been getting really out of hand lately with sassing, arguing, and having temper tantrums, to the point she isn't even pleasant to be around anymore. Sending her to her room or taking away privileges will work in the moment, but the rude behavior keeps coming back. So my boyfriend and I decided to institute a punishment and rewards system, in which we would take a coin from our daughter's piggy bank if she got smart, argued, or started yelling and screaming when we asked her to do something. If she obeyed without arguing, or we noticed her being especially polite, we would put a coin back.
The reason we settled on coins is because, first of all, they're important to our daughter. She's starting to learn about money, at least that when she has it, she can buy things she wants. So the motivation is there. Also, printed charts that you mark or put a sticker on won't work for me because I can't see to read them.
The problem is that the five-year-old objected *very strongly* to the idea of the coins because--and she's right, I guess--they're already hers, so taking them away isn't fair. She calls it stealing.
So, are we on the right track with this idea, or should we come up with something else? If so, what are other ideas that would work, since witeboards or sticker charts aren't good options?
Answer by AnonNdrag at 7:52 PM on Jul. 22, 2013
Answer by wendythewriter at 7:56 PM on Jul. 22, 2013
Answer by Rosehawk at 8:24 PM on Jul. 22, 2013
place it in a clean, unused beer glass.
All I could think when I read that was:
(the other day someone was telling me to make ice cubes out of leftover wine. I was confused, what's leftover wine)
Answer by feralxat at 8:30 PM on Jul. 22, 2013
Answer by tempsingl3mom at 8:02 PM on Jul. 22, 2013
Answer by tempsingl3mom at 8:04 PM on Jul. 22, 2013
Answer by tempsingl3mom at 8:08 PM on Jul. 22, 2013
Answer by feralxat at 8:12 PM on Jul. 22, 2013