our talks this week about team work, I think, but probably even more was the incentive that if he has 10 consecutive good days at school, bus and day care, he can take his Nintendo DS on the bus for 1 day! He's been arguing for that ALL YEAR long, so Mommy's offering of even 1 day of this is a big deal.
Regardless what the motivation was, there's HUGE worth in him seeing that he can in fact stay within the lines, but still be himself, and seeing how good that can feel. It also teaches the value of working hard and earning something.
Beyond that, we've been talking a lot about handwriting as it - and spelling - are his weakest subjects, really his only weak subjects and even those are in the 70-ish percent range. Spelling has already improved based on his teacher's suggestions (Mommy, she has SUCH good plans!) but he wants to rush through handwriting. I think he has a hard time believing that it is important to slow down and write carefully. My most effective argument has been if you don't write clearly, no one will know what you are saying! He certainly doesn't want that! He has a lot to say!
But yesterday he took his time with handwriting at school, slowed down and did his best and for the first time ever got a 10 out of 10.
Jason decided to bring him home a prize for this hard work and it was a little Dollar Tree trophy. You'd have thought he brought Brady his own pony or 4-wheeler or some other grand thing. He has admired that little trophy all last night and this morning, carrying it around with him. He must have hugged Jason 10 times and told him, "Thank you a million times!" and "You're so generous."
He went to his room and got a dime for Jase and also gave him a play-money $100 Cub Cash (based on a reward system at school that he uses for us at home).
Jason also gave him a quarter (since Brady said, "Wow, a trophy! I thought it was going to be a quarter, but this is way better!") which Brady turned around and gave to me so I'd have a prize too :)
He's so proud of it and there is nothing better than that look on his face of wonder and joy. Never ever underestimate the power of a small gesture of positive reinforcement and what it can do for a kid.
Who knows what today will bring, but last night was a single moment of pure happiness for us as a family. Thank you, God.
- ► 2017 (53)
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- My $4 Mudd boots from Salvation Army store
- 5 reasons I choose not to homeschool
- Deals at Aldi and Dillons, through April 2
- 3 free snailmail Sunmaid raisin recipe books
- 6 reasons collecting is a good kid hobby
- When the problem is behavior, not learning
- ADHD: teacher's attitude makes all the difference
- Proctor & Gamble free samples: I got lots of them!
- Winter's last gasp? We enjoyed it...
- Spring brings lots of work to do...
- A claim code test, please disregard
- Natural talent: Brady's Super Square
- Free stuff from Smiley360, Campbells new soups
- The same boots, 2 Goodwills, 10 years apart
- You know you're in a small town...homemade cookies...
- Finding contentment in what we have...
- God's my King of Rock 'n' roll, 47 songs
- Anxiety buster: Eat more almonds!
- Cool American environmentalist folk art
- This weeks Aldi and Dillons deals....
- Getting your way may not be best
- Day 44 Getting Off Paxil: All done
- Try Something New Thursday: Almonds!
- 1st grade homework help: Spelling, reading, writing
- Spring is here, but snow is coming...
- A cool Memphis/Southern/American experience
- Cool church sign...
- You know you're in a small town when... lost dog
- When to act and when to sit back?
- Dillons and Aldi deals (March 13 - 19)
- Follow your dreams, find your niche
- Pandora: Free music website
- Finding faith is like falling in love
- Behavior booster: Finding common ground
- Good behavior: practice makes...a lot better!
- Weight loss tip: Grocery store salad bar
- Improving spelling ... teacher's advice worked!
- "Love chemicals" wear off after 12 to 18 months
- Music releases feel-good brain chemicals
- Funny things Brady says ... about dreams...
- 80 easy, frugal, healthy packed lunch ideas
- Behavior booster: teaching "inside voice"
- Positive self-talk & 2 sermons that changed my life
- Try Something New Thursday: Hummus
- The power of rewarding a kid...
- A good laugh about my patio garden pots...
- Behavior booster: Work as a team
- Diverse friends keep us from judging
- God bless understanding teachers
- Almost time for the garden!
- Teachable moments: the new kid at school
- This week's deals at Dillons
- Ask yourself, "What can I do for them?"
- Change your hair, change your outlook
- Funny things Brady says... about commercials...
- Sweet things Brady says... about being a parent...
- I love Little Critter books!
- Divorce Care support group: A wonderful resource
- Coaching kids to fight their own battles
- A powerful idea: You can't change others
- No-tech Saturday: An exception & crafts
- A strong marriage is your best parenting tool...
- Food allergies: 7 alternatives to coloring eggs
- Wisdom from my mom: God's entertainment
- Why keeping a landline phone is a good idea
- Organizing tip: Tissue boxes for grocery bags
- Bunny tracks in the house we're building
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