I'm so excited about this that I am posting it before I even make cute printed out charts. So I'm calling it Coraline's Coins beta.
I got this idea from a bunch of Pinterest finds that I couldn't find when I wanted to link to them. It was months ago. 2 months ago I picked up the supplies when I was at the craft store for something else. The stuff has been sitting around because I wanted to make it all cute and pinterest worthy. Then last night, Coraline had a meltdown followed by an epic meltdown. While daddy was dealing with that, I literally pulled this together. It was time. Sorry Pinterest, it's not super cute. That's not the point though is it.
Why: Coraline is 4 years old and I feel like we are having most meltdowns because she wants something that we view as a privilege and she views as an entitlement. She wants to watch tv. She wants candy or a cookie. Etc. Even though we explain this all the time, the tantrums seem to show that she isn't grasping the concept. She is 4, she needs something tangible. It wasn't that I thought I needed to correct her behavior so much as modify ours to help her better understand.
What: This is a totally simple concept that we all use everyday. Work. Get paid. Use that "money" to buy the things that we want. Which is like, duh, right?
Supplies: a dedicated jar for payments. Chart to show what "jobs" will get payments. Chart to show how much "rewards" cost. None of this needs to be fancy. Don't over think.
I got wooden circle coin type things at Michael's with intent of spray painting them. We ended up drawing on them in marker just to make them fun. You could also use real money if you so wanted.
This is beta version. I am going to print out cuter charts, I wrote these in crayon so we could implement this ASAP. So far, Coraline is extremely excited. Well she was more excited when she thought when she watched Futurama she got a coin, that took a few minutes to get cleared up.
Also these chores, aren't really chores in this house. These are things she has always done and been expected to do. If I were really making her work I would make her clean the bathroom,maybe when she is 5.
Do your kids have to work to earn rewards like screen time? Do you have a system?
If you live in Boston, there are tons of neat activities for the kids around Halloween. One of our favorites is the PruBoo, where kids can trick or treat through the shops at the Prudential Center. It's inside. It's safe. Lots of fun and all proceeds benefit The Home For Little Wanderers
The Shops at Prudential Center’s Annual Pru Boo Trick-or-Treat for Charity
The Shops at Prudential Center, Boston, will host its annual Pru Boo indoor trick-or-treating and family fun event to benefit The Home for Little Wanderers on Sunday, October 27. For the nineteenth year the Prudential Center will open its doors to hundreds of families from Greater Boston to enjoy “store-to-store” trick-or-treating, a performance by Vanessa Trien and The Jumping Monkeys as well as a variety of activities including:
Boston Ballet – Nutcracker costume/photo opportunity.
Boston Duck Tours – Appearance by official mascot, Kilroy.
Magic Beans – Elmo character appearance (11-11:30AM and 12-12:30PM).
Museum of Science –Dinosaur activities, including Dino Size Me, a dinosaur math activity; dino facts; and make your own Dino puzzles or bookmarks.
NECCO –Craft activities using Necco candy.
New England Aquarium –Tidepool Open House! This program allows children to handle and observe a wide range of live tidal pool animals from local waters. Also, an appearance by one of NEAQ’s aquatic characters.
The Freedom Trail Foundation – Have your picture taken in the stocks! Learn more about The Freedom Trail.
As well as a number of other activities by Blue Man Group, Boston Tea Party Ships & Museum, Mary Baker Eddy Library, Microsoft, and Zipcar.
Schedule of Events:
11:00am – 1:00pm: Trick-or-treat and children’s activities
2:00pm: Vanessa Trien and the Jumping Monkeys
With a $4 donation to The Home for Little Wanderers, participants receive a trick-or-treat bag that provides access to trick-or-treating at more than 50 stores and restaurants at the Prudential Center, along with other fun family-friendly activities. Presenting sponsor, NECCO, The New England Confectionery Company, will provide all candy.
Trick-or-treat bags can be purchased at The Shops at Prudential Center’s Customer Service Desk starting October 1, and at check-in stations located in the Food Court and Center Court starting at 9am the day of the event.
Parking for the day is $16. Parking passes can be picked up at Pru Boo check-in stations.
Every mom I know is dying for a night out, even if your last night out was yesterday. You wait weeks or months for a night free from the stresses of daily life, some days praying for an escape from the screaming and poop. It's hard to get a group of moms together for a night out. It takes planning. When are husbands home at the same time to watch the kids? When do we have money in our bank account that we can afford to spend? Where can we go so we don't feel like a bunch of soccer moms trying to be cool? It's sometimes weeks before plans fall into place.
Fresh with those thoughts...mark your calendars and tell your girlfriends...
The Ultimate Moms’ Night Out!
* a PARTY to honor all moms *
* live comedy * raffles * cocktails & mocktails *
* delicious treats * mini spa services * festive atmosphere *
* gift bags * mingling with moms and experts *
PLAY, LAUGH & LEARN
Co-Sponsored by Bright Horizons
$20 per ticket which includes a giftbag
$5 from each ticket purchase will be donated to Horizons for Homeless Children
(Scheduling nights out is hard, that's why I am posting this well in advance. Winner will be chosen 2 weeks before the event so you have time to schedule your n
Sitting in my daughters ballet class, waiting, is the perfect time to tell you all about this great event. We adore the ballet, obviously all types of dance are big in our house since we have a tiny dancer. This Saturday is an awesome opportunity to bring the family out to Boston Common for a night of dance. Pack a picnic and enjoy the city. Weather is supposed to be lovely on Saturday!
"On the heels of a critically acclaimed tour to London, Boston Ballet returns home to kick off the 50th season with Night of Stars on Boston Common, a massive free performance for the greater Boston community. Admirals Bank is the Presenting Sponsor for this sensational one-night-only event taking place on Saturday, September 21 at 7:00pm."
This is an awesome opportunity to see the Boston Ballet for Free!
Boston Ballet's Night of Stars stage will be the largest stage ever on Boston Common The only other shows that would come close is the 1980’s series of “Concerts on the Common.”
The large jumbotron screens flanking the stage will include nearly 700k energy efficient LED lights
Number of Nationalities on Stage: 15
Number of roles: 65
40 pairs pointe shoes
15 pairs ballet flat shoes
10 pairs jazz shoes
Symphony in 3 Movements:
For this simple “tights and leo ballet” there are 136 garments being worn….not counting the 32 pairs of shoes.
The dresses have 840” circumference hems. That is over 345 yards of tulle on stage….
840” = 70 12” rulers end-to-end
345 yards is 2.875 football fields in length.