Over the past while, it has become clear that mine do. Especially my boy child.
So last night, after a stressful day, we had a family meeting. The 4 of us sat down and Daddy and I began said "smackdown".
I know right now when my Mum reads this, she is thinking "Oh, don't be so hard on those kids!!!!!". But then a part of me knows she has seen the behavior I am talking about, so she'll get over it :)
What are those behaviors?
- Being sassy
- Yelling at each other
- Not picking up after themselves
- Being negative & excessive complaining
Daddy and I came up with a yellow and red card system. Kind of like in soccer. Certain offenses get a yellow card, others are automatic red. 3 yellows makes a red. If you receive a red, there is no board game at night (or tv before bed). We play a game every night except Thursdays and Fridays and the kids love this so it is great currency.
Automatic red cards are: yelling, any physical things like hitting, big crying/whining meltdowns.
Yellow cards include: sassy comments, sassy actions (sighing, rolling eyes, folding arms, stomping feet), negative comments/complaints.
Any toys left not put away at bedtime after a clean up reminder are put away for one week.
Smackdown started this morning. As of right now, Lucas has 1 yellow card ("Why do you always BOSS ME AROUND?????") and Ellie is clear.
I will let you know how it goes.