And the conservative right (i.e. the new behavior chart) are trailing significantly behind the liberal left (wayward children) according to the early exit polls! I came home with a renewed sense of determination and sat down with the girls to discuss the new behavior chart. Chatty Cathy even gave her input as to what things needed to be included (I thought this would encourage her to work towards these things if she got to help with the rules and rewards). As a family we came up with Dinner Time, Bath Time, Bed Time, Clean Up Toys, Hitting/Pushing/Biting for both girls and then for Chatty only we added Talking Back to Mom and Dad and Getting Ready for School (for a possible 7 total stars per day). Chatty's goal is 25 stars to earn either her toys back, her nighttime lovies or the computer/VSmile. Once she earns all her stuff back then we will discuss different rewards. At this rate she would need to be good for 3 1/2 to 4 days. In Pre-K they needed 5 stickers (5 days) so we thought this was a good amount. What do you think?
Anyway back to today's results .. Bia 2 stars and Chatty 1 star. Dinner time - each girl earned a star, Chatty ate her dinner and Bia ate a couple bites of chicken (she gummed it for 20 minutes or so but did finally swallow it) and then ate some of her "preferred" foods. Next opportunity to earn a star, bath time. We sent the girls back to brush their teeth and Chatty proceeded to smear approximately 1/2 of the tube of toothpaste on her face (blue Dora toothpaste) and not brush her teeth. When Mr. ESPN sent her in to show me she laughed and thought it was funny - me not so much! Needless to say she didn't earn her star for bath time and then when she fussed and moaned about going to bed she lost any chance at earning the one for bed time. That's when I decided I needed a glass of wine. I opened a bottle and took a sip and I think it is bad or maybe it is me, I don't know ... maybe I will just have a beer instead!