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Our little one is not big on change (who really is?) and tends to act out and be a little disruptive when there is change in her life or if she is just feeling like it that day. She moved up to the pre-k class a year early to help challenge her learning which we thought was great at the time but all went sour when the rest of the class “graduated” on to kindergarten and she remained behind. This is when the acting out began, she took it pretty hard that her friends were moving on and she wasn’t. We had some pretty tough days this summer.
We could not let her continue act this way at home or school, we had to do something to help her through the tough transition and improve her attitude and behavior. Her preschool has daily report cards where you get smiley faces for different times of the day but that was not a good enough motivation for her. We tried the punishment route taking favorite toys away or sending her to her room but that did not work. While we are not anti-spanking, they must be warranted. I have a difficult time justifying spanking her for doing something at school and receiving the punishment hours later. Also I could not judge if the sad face mark was truly because she was acting out or maybe just because the teacher was having a tough day.
So off we went in search of a positive reinforcement method to encourage good behavior rather than punish bad. That was when I found Dr. Awesome and his Awesome Deck of Awesome (ADoA). Awesome Deck of Awesome is a collection of 35 cards that the child can earn by being, well, Awesome!
The 35 card sets are available with boy or girl themes or a dual gender pack of 70 cards and each card has an “awesome” message to reinforce positive behavior. The packs include a fun list of ideas on how to use them.
We set up our Awesome card earning program like this:
1 Awesome Card: All smiley faces on daily school report card, Paying attention and staying on track at gymnastics, helping with various chores around the house, extra good manners, etc.
2 Awesome Cards: Good focus and participation at Karate (we made this worth more because she was having a difficult staying on track during class)
She could spend her cards as she wished, we gave card values to various things she wanted, but mostly we made it up on the fly:
Slurpee on Friday after school = 1 card
Trip to the Zoo = 5 cards
Halloween party at Karate = 15 cards
Toy at the store = varied on cost but generally 1 card per dollar cost of toy
We have been working with the Awesome card system for a couple months now and we have seen amazing improvement at school, home and sports. It has been a great product for our household and we are truly glad we found them.
I only wish they has a set for husbands! Put the dishes away earn a card, vacuum the living room earn a card. Then they can spend their cards on trips to the hardware store or in my husbands case, the Harley store.
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