Teachers are the people to go to when you are looking for behavior management. So many teachers are incredibly creative when it comes to managing an entire class. I love to look at their ideas on positive reinforcement and classroom management and incorporate them into my home.
I went on the search and found something on Pinterest that was right up our ally and I thought would definitely work for our family. This basic idea is used in many different ways and so easy to make it work for your family.
All I needed was counting bears and mason jars for each of my daughters. I also made a little treasure box of toys from the dollar store.
Basically all I do is give the girls bears if I "catch them being good". I do not bribe them with bears and they never know what it is that might get them bears, or how many bears they will get. Once their jar is filled up they get to pick a prize. Now yes if they do something I do not like, such as fighting, not listening, etc., they do get bears taken out. If you look around Pinterest you can use marbles, buttons, etc.
I printed out a cute image and put their pictures and name's on it so that they know its theirs and I put a line on the back to show them when it was filled up!
I have them take out their bears or put bears in, because I want to reinforce the lesson, and I ask them why they got bears? or why they had some bears taken away?
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Eventually I might add in chore charts and if they do their age appropriate chores they will get bears.
Other Great Ideas from Around the Net:
Warm Fuzzy Jar
The Privilege Jar