Last week was a bad week – a really bad week. Due to awful behavior, and a whole lot of temper tantrums and refusing to cooperate, Olivia lost all of the fun privileges that come with being five: the iPad, her television time, her park time, her kiwi crate and spent hours upon hours in her room.
Friday came, and it was time to give back the privileges, as soon as she arrived off of the bus. Until I got the dreaded look of frustration from the bus driver that again she just would not stay in her seat.
Frustrated, and not sure what to do, what to take away and where even to start after the hellish week, I had a quick chat with Jamie when he was home for lunch about what we should do.
He made a good point that we were kind of stuck in a rut, and that taking more things away was probably not going to be effective. The point was made, she had a week without any iPad or television time, trips out with Jamie or I, treats, kiwi crate, or any playground time with her friends. He went back to work and the iPad was returned for some quiet time.
Getting Stuck in the Negative
Yes. You read that right. She didn’t listen on the bus, and got her iPad back. You see, we were stuck in the negative and we needed to find a way out of it.
We could have taken away ballet class, the Saturday movie night, or the Saturday night trip to Target… but that was’t working all week. It was time for a change, a time to bring back some good-behavior-currency.
There is a small five-year-old fortune on top of the fridge – things that are slowly being earned with good behavior and a week long of sitting properly on the bus. There’s the kiwi crate arts and crafts box, there’s a sticker that can be redeemed for a sleepover at Grandma’s, there’s a couple of packages of Shopkins that she picked out when we went to Target on the weekend, and there’s a three pack of the highest currency of all: Kinder Surprises.
Those small pieces of five-year-old-currency on top of the fridge are going to be even sweeter – because there’s brand new toys for 2015 in the Kinder Surprise Eggs. There are more than fifty new toys in the classic eggs, and fifty new toys in the pink eggs, meaning that we’re going to have a lot of discoveries to make as we’re providing a bit of incentive for that good behavior to shine through.
Hot tip: There’s even a chance to win at Kinder Canada on Facebook, during games and puzzles week (until January 30)
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