So is Skinner right? Several of my friends have had great success motivating their almost three year old kiddos to do wonderful things by using a sticker chart. We're giving it a try, Ben style. He picked out the poster board. And the stickers. We wrote down the positive behaviors together. Each time he does one, he adds a sticker to the chart. I had visions of 1) a fabulously behaved preschooler and 2) an adorably organized chart much like the ones I remember from elementary school. Read after the jump for the reality :)
Ben was REALLY excited to pick out the poster board and "do his artwork" on it. So far, we were moving in the right direction.
He also picked out the stickers and some reward toys (from the dollar bin) for when he accumulated enough stickers. We never set a sticker number in stone. It is a bit of a moving target, depending on how much he seems to need motivation.
He loves to put the stickers on, and then for some reason, insists on coloring over them. That's cool. He's going to be my crafty boy :)
He started begging me for opportunities to get more stickers. Awesome. Toys were put away. Hands were washed. Meals were eaten at the table. But then the whining for the reward toys began. "Mommy! I just want the flute in the prize bag! I just want to get it!!! I want the dinosaur. NOW PLEEEAAASE!"
Hmm. Maybe we're not quite there yet. But we are going to keep it up and see how it goes.
It's not pretty, but it is just how he wanted it. Maybe.