Today I made good on a promise…
One of those jobs that I promised Hannah I’d do about a week ago, and for one reason after another I’d put it off & off. I was feeling slightly guilty I have to say.
So when Hannah was up all night last night with “a boogie nose & sore ears” and a temperature, and woke up this morning “not feeling well Mum”, I decided that since she was too sick to go to church, I would try and cheer her up by finally making her a reward chart.
What is a reward chart you ask?
Well – we are in the process of working toward dry nights at the moment. A week ago I half heartedly suggested to her (half heartedly because she’d never been the remotest bit close previously) that if she could keep her “nappy knickers” dry that night then in the morning she could have a lollipop.
The next morning she climbed into bed with me, gave me a big hug and said in a highly excited voice
“Mum, I kept my nappy knickers dry!”
Much to my amazement she actually had!
(oh the power of a bribe!)
So I knew it was time….
I was going to have to bite the bullet and give her incentive to do what I now knew she could…
We discussed it and decided together that every night she could keep dry she would get a sticker. After she had been dry for 14 nights (not necessarily in a row) then she could have a “balloon that flies high in the sky” (how she describes a helium balloon).
Usually I just use a tatty piece of A4 paper for a reward chart and we add a sticker each day. But this time I got it in my head that I wanted to make her a quilted one, so we could reuse it.
And I made the mistake of voicing this idea out loud and getting her to fall in love with the idea too!
(Not taking into consideration when I was going to have the time to come good on this promise, oops)
Now, Hannah is like an elephant….
She doesn’t forget!!
And since she is almost halfway there with earning her stickers I decided I better come good with my promise!
Here it is empty before any rewards are earned:
|see the keen fingers?|
Here is what it will look like when she’s filled it up:
And here she is proudly showing it off:
What is with my children playing up for photos this week?! Lol…
I’m so pleased with how this turned out. And with the exception of two of the squares it all came from the scrap bin.
I figure that once she’s moved on from needing it for this purpose that we can then use it to count down to her Daddy coming home, her birthday, or a bunch of other stuff.
So many uses!
She may be still “not feeling well Mum” (can you tell that I’ve heard that a lot today!) but at least she’s happy that her Mum came through on her promise finally & we did some “sewing and sticking” together.
Can all this sickness in our house be gone already though? Please!