Perfect Moment Monday Snapshot: Do As I Say

Maybe I’m cheating, but this post is for both PAIL’s Monday Snapshot and Lori’s Perfect Moment Monday.

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As your babies grow into increasingly independent little people, it can be easy to forget that they are watching, listening and absorbing what you say and do.  Sometimes it’s a loudly exclaimed, “Jesus Christ!” or perfectly inflected, “Oh. My. God” that reminds you that little pitchers do indeed have big ears.

Thankfully, it’s not always the negative that is absorbed.  Tonight we observed Daniel roll his tow truck over to his “star fish” behavior chart and proceed to go through each item with his tow truck, meting out his judgment along the way. It was adorable to see Daniel assume the role of the parent and use phrases with his tow truck that we had used with him: “you were a little distracted” for example.

We’ve been doing the behavior chart nightly for months, and we have seen it make a difference.  Daniel is more conscientious and understands what we expect of him; having a tangible, visible score helps.

When you have those days or weeks in which you feel you do so much wrong as a parent, it is sweet to see moments reflected that are positive and show you are having the intended impact.

How did the tow truck do?

How did the tow truck do?

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10 comments

  1. This is awesome!! So neat to see that he really cares about his behaviour chart… enough to use it with his own ‘friends/toys’! 🙂

    1. We have no yelling, going potty, getting dressed, feeding the cats, brushing teeth and staying in bed. The chart comes w/ a lot of options and you can make your own too. We need to swap out some. We set a goal of 30 stars, and when he reaches 30k, he gets a small surprise.

  2. Oh I love this! I catch my son too sometimes talking to his lovey or a toy and imitating either me or his teacher. The behavior chart sounds interesting, I might ask my sister to bring one with her when she comes to France this summer…

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