Thursday, October 3, 2013

sticker char"p"

Last month Jimmy made a sticker chart for Blee. It's basically a caught-being-good chart - he gets a sticker when he's nice or does things before being told (cleans, says thank you, apologizes). So far, it's been working pretty well.

He filled the first four sheets and now Jimmy created new ones with 10 boxes instead of 6. Jimmy also changed the character on the chart to Max from the book, Where the Wild Things Are. This is our way of brainwashing our son in hopes that he would want to be Max for Halloween instead of Captain America ninja...whatever that is.

Once the chart is full, Blee gets to pick a prize from the treasure box. The treasure box contains stuff that we picked out from the dollar store, our trip to Japan, etc. The funny thing is that we keep putting stuff that HE HAS ALREADY PLAYED WITH.

See the squirt gun and the pair of scissors? He played with those many times, but they made their way back in the treasure box. Such a funny thing...Blee still gets so excited to get those toys again.

I was first a bit apprehensive about implementing the sticker chart. You know, he should want to be nice because it's the right thing to do and should be a natural thing...not because he gets a sticker. But then, my behavior-minded husband reminded me that it would become a natural thing more easily if we faded reinforcement as Blee started doing nice things more regularly.

We hope to keep increasing the amount of stickers he needs to get a prize. Next one will have 15 boxes, and the one after that will have 20.

With that said, it's hard to resist giving in to him...cause really, how do you say "no" to this face? Especially when he insists that he's "Superman with a bug" instead of Spiderman. Oh, my son...

Tuesday, October 1, 2013

Lucky Diaz and The Family Jam Band

If I ask my son who his favorite musician is, without a doubt, he would scream "LUCKY DIAZ!" Then, he would probably start dancing to the song Lemonade Stand, and then proceed to run around the house while singing Thingamajig. He would then take his stance and start pointing in all directions while belting out the lyrics to Lines and Dots, as if he's Elvis Presley rocking out during a concert. Then, he would ask to turn up the sound to Duck Ellington and make the ugliest faces while laughing hysterically.

You know, these songs do that to you. Make you want to sing aloud and start a dance party in the kitchen.

So, you better believe it when I say that we are so freaking excited that their newest CD, Lishy Lou and Lucky Too came out...TODAY!

Wooo hoo!!

You can watch their newest music video, Thingamajig here!

Thank you, Lucky Diaz and the Family Jam Band! Because of you, we have a lot of dance parties in our home.