When something occurs it is all to easy to place blame before asking what happened. If a blaming statement is said, everyone becomes defensive and ill feelings arise. When a person asks for information, like a detective, in a non-blaming way, a dialog is established that can help solve a problem in a positive manner.
Calming Jar :: Time Out idea. Fill w/ hot water, add 1 tbs glitter glue, 3 tsp fine glitter, & a drop of blue food coloring. Have the child shake the jar & watch the glitter fall. When all the glitter has settled (and when the child has calmed down), then their time-out is over. It's quite soothing actually
Positive reinforcement - Put a cotton ball, marble, pom-pom, etc. in every time you catch your child being good. Do something special when it's full. This is exactly what I need instead of focusing on the bad.
Mommy's Ransom Box - Children's toys that are not picked up go in the ransom box and they have to pick a chore to complete to earn it back! A great lesson in personal responsibility. - i would need more than 1 box.. LOL !
Calm Down Jar - A creative approach to time-out. Child first shakes the jar to get their frustrations out, then they're asked to wait until the glitter has all settled on the bottom. That's when time-out is over. I think I need one of these...
I made these into reward balls. I had the kids pick rewards, then I wrote a reward on each ball. At the start of each day the kids pick a ball and work towards that goal with good behavior! Great for my son with ADHD!