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It’s been a hard week for me with my eldest, who will be three in August. Thought we’d made it past the “terrible twos” but it seems like maybe they began this week! 😂 It could be because her dad has been out of town, or because she senses change with a new baby coming, but needless to say our current modes of discipline have fallen very short and only seem to make things worse. I’ve wanted to do this for a long time, and have tried various versions of it in the past with star stickers etc, which she always responded well to, though this time I’m trying to get a little more specific because she understands so much more than I give her credit for. It’s taking me back to my teaching days, when it never ceased to amaze me that the hardest kids always were the ones who needed the most encouragement, even when it was sometimes terrifying to try with their tough exteriors, or when they had just been awful to me. Honestly what they seemed to need the most was a hug, but sometimes words of encouragement were a little easier to give, and something they could receive even if not in a place to respond. This is a 11x17 laminated chart for our refrigerator— we are probably going to use a thin dry erase marker and draw stars ⭐️ ⭐️ for ease of use, but stickers could also work. We will set some goals and maybe focus on one category at a time, while also leaving room for her to score big in any of them; there will be rewards. We’re hopeful that it will be a constant topic of conversation and that specific praise in these categories will excite her and encourage more of the same behaviors! Honestly, I could also use a positive incentive chart to help me grow in love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self control! 😂I think we will all be so helped by it. If you’d like to try it with me and want one for your refrigerator, choose your favorite pattern here!