It sometimes takes so little to make such a big impression!
We were working on a milestone this week. Matthew had a whole week last week of smiley faces on his school behavior chart. I don’t think he had ever strung more than 3 days in a row and here we were with an entire week!
Meanwhile, Riley was working on 4 weeks of good reports and I had told him that he could get some P0kemon cards if he hit 4 weeks. we have severely curtailed the treats lately and they haven’t gotten any cards for probably 5 months. So, I told Matthew that if he made 2 whole weeks we would get him some Pokemon cards too!
All week I was worried when I opened his folder – what would I see – smiley face or frowny face? And how would I approach it with him to avoid the meltdown if he didn’t make it – and there was a good chance that he wouldn’t make it. Each day, he remembered the rules and would tell me that he got a smiley face (and since I can’t usually trust that he will really remember or understand what was on his calendar) I would look with my heart all tense. But…HE DID IT!!!!
So, we went to Target after I picked them up – I had to buy a present for a boy in Logan’s class who is having a party tomorrow – and walked through the toy section. I bought the girls $3 fake electronics (an ipod and a camera); Riley decided to get this ripcord spun tire that goes 100 mph across the street and Matthew picked a Transformer instead of Pokemon cards.
As we were paying and getting into the car, I said…”Now, I expect good behavior at McD’s or else we are going to go home and eat!” – well, Riley started jumping all over me and kissing me and saying….
Wow, you are the best mom EVER!!! – makes up for the times I have heard “I need a better mom than you”!
It’s the simple things in life! A $5 toy for a couple weeks of good behavior and McD’s for dinner!
Categories: attachment, Family, Mothering 4
I love those special moments. They are so sweet!
Tell Matthew and Riley that I said congratulations. I will tell Marcie that it can be done. I told her that she had to have a month’s worth of smiley faces in order to get her ears pierced (she’s been begging) but she can’t make it through 2 days. I hope increasing her meds will help.
Riley has it right — you are a terrific MOm! It was good to see you and the kids MOnday night. Enjoy your spring break!