Tuesday, October 2, 2012

Morning Date

This morning Matt and I took William for a quick date to one of his favorite places, Dunkin Donuts.  He had been working on a certain behavior and after he was able to go a whole week with his change we took him out for a quick breakfast as a reward.  I have found in the past 15 years of being a mom that incentives work like a charm with my kids.  The reward doesn't have to be food or even cost any money.  It can be a special outing or an evening watching a movie in mom and dad's bed. 
William worked hard on his his goal...he stayed focused and really wanted to change.  And he was able to accomplish what he set out to do.  So, this morning he got to enjoy 2 donuts and a hot chocolate with mom and dad as a reward.  You should have seen his face beaming.  He loved being there with the two of us.  He felt special.  He knew that he earned every bite and every sip.  And we made a point of encouraging him and pointing out what he accomplished.  And of course we talked about his next goal and what he has to do to get there.  It was a fun time.  It's hard to do.  With 5 kids, homeschooling and everything else life throws our way it is hard to carve out time.  But Matt and I make a point about doing it.  And we encourage all the other parents to do the same.  It's kind of like your birthday...it's all about you. Even if it's for only a few moments.

*Head over to my favorite blog, www.vitafamiliae.com and see the snippets she has to share about parenthood :)

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