This article is written by Shari Medini
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A while back, we were sitting in church & my one son was having a particular tough time. I am not one to expect perfect behavior during church. Kids are kids, & I understand that church is boring for them. But this particular Sunday, he was extra wiggly, extra whiney, extra loud.
Luckily, a spark of creativity hit me, & I put together a super simple behavior chart for him on the fly!
I drew it on a scrap piece of paper that we had along with us, & it worked like a charm! The 10 minute increments worked for him since he was four years old at the time. And I told him that he needed 5 out of 6 smiley faces to get his treat because I wanted to have the ability to deny him a smiley face & show him that I was serious without him having a full blown meltdown that he already lost the treat. He also got to draw in his own smiley faces, which he took pride in!
Turned out that he got all 6 smiley faces, we had a peaceful mass, & we happily took a walk after church to go buy a doughnut. Win, Win 😉
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