I’m not sure what’s happened around here and I’m pretty sure that writing about this is a baad idea, and an end to the goodness. As a matter of fact, there’s a chance that just by putting this on “paper” I’ve just ruined my life. But things around our house are good. Not just good, great. Happy. Pleasant. Fun. Laughable. Essentially 100% different than they were just 2 months ago. It’s almost like Disney World in this house.
Don’t get me wrong, it isn’t always Cinderella and puppy dogs around here. There’s still some whine and some fighting and a TON of tattling but things are better. Courtney is a HUGELY different child than she was just a few weeks ago. I don’t know if it’s that she’s getting older or something new we’re trying around here but Paul and I are both hugely impressed with her of late.
A month or so ago I was at the pediatrician with Patrick and I asked her what to do about Courtney’s behavior. I told her I was at the end of my rope, what was I going to do, was she interested in adopting my child for a while? Her answer, make a chart and tie the items on the chart to the trouble areas. Oh, and give her a piece of chocolate for breakfast (and no, she wouldn’t take my kid home for a couple of years). And so help me, that chart and the chocolate worked. She loves the chart. She loves putting stickers on her chart. She loves sitting on the floor in her room and going over each item. And she especially loves chocolate for breakfast. And to me, the funniest part of it all – by the time we fill in the chart and get to the kitchen for the kisses, she’s forgotten all about it.
Like I said, I don’t know if the chart is the “answer” in our house but it’s been since putting the chart into effect that everything has changed. Courtney is fun. We’re all having fun. And being a mom is fun again.