Saturday, August 1, 2009

It's coming. It's coming...

I realize that I need to post pics and notes from the second half of vacation...I'll get to it...eventually. I just got back yesterday from 2.5 days back in Illinois. Mom Y. watched my kiddos so that I could help out my dad (with his recent hip replacement). It was nice to be able to serve my dad in that way. I honestly enjoyed it. He's making decent progress, and was up and about with a walker many times while I was there. It was nice to be able to just sit and converse with him too. He was even able to articulate his needs without whining. :-)

We've started a new incentive program with Noah to improve some of his behavior stuff. The first day has gone remarkably well-no time outs at all today. The target goal is to listen to mommy and daddy without throwing a fit. He seems to respond well to good motivation (although, it's only day 1-so time will tell). He get's rewarded twice a day with a sticker (good morning/good evening). After 5 stickers, he can pick a new toy from the prize box (Thank you Dollar Tree). I'm getting so tired of reacting, and so now I am trying something pro-active instead.

Tomorrow is going to be another busy day...so you might have to wait on the vacation update (part 2) a little longer.

3 comments:

Christy said...

Keep me posted on how your pro-active approach to Noah's behavior works...I'm always looking for new ideas that I can implement. I'm totally with you on the whole "reacting" thing...I'm ready for a change as well! Good luck!

Elizabeth Miller said...

your vacation looks like so much fun! and I am sorry to hear about the kiddo issues.. but sounds like you are on the right track. parenting is so tough.. but the little break thrus are so rewarding - good luck!

Misha Seger said...

Hey Kim, I am speaking from ZERO experience... given the fact that the only child I have is currently the size of a peach, inside my belly... but the wonderful families around our church here in Aurora have pounded and pressed their recommendations of 2 books: Shepherding a Child's Heart by Tedd Tripp and Instructing a Child's Heart by Tedd Tripp
Jonathan and I just started Shepherding a Child's Heart and it has proven to set out wonderful biblical mindsets for parenting already! Just a thought ;o)